Tour of the VLA

The Plains of San Agustin

Old Hwy 60
Magdalena, NM 87825

The Very Large Array is one of the world's foremost astronomical radio observatories, consisting of 27 radio antennas, each 25 meters in diameter arranged in a Y-shaped configuration. The VLA is located in The Plains of San Agustin, about fifty miles west of Socorro, NM. The data from the antennas is integrated electronically to produce a resoluation of an anternna that is 36km across. The VLA is present in the 1997 movie Contact where the alien signal is first detected!

The SAB and SGA offer NM Tech students the chance to tour this incredible observatory. 

The tour is on Saturday, August 25th.

Registration is required! There are only 30 seats so first come- first served. 

To register, email Melissa Begay (

The vans will leave the NM Tech Swim Center parking lot at 11:45am on Saturday, August 25th. Water and a sack lunch will be provided. 

This event is sponsored by the SAB and SGA

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Melissa Begay