Star Gazing, Very Large Array
Zayne Diamond Photographic
Photograph - Photography
A composite image of one of the Very Large Arrays located in southern New Mexico
Original Fine Art Photography by Zayne Diamond of Flying Z Photography.
The Very Large Array (VLA) is the most versatile, widely-used radio telescope in the world. It can map large-scale structure of gas and molecular clouds and pinpoint ejections of plasma from supermassive black holes.
Located in central New Mexico on the Plains of San Agustin, each antenna measures 82 feet across the dish, weighs 230 tons, and comprises 28 VLA telescopes (27 of which are operational while one is always rotating through maintenance) deployed in a Y-shaped array.
An array is a group of several radio antennas observing together creating — in effect — a single telescope many miles across. The antennas can be clustered together within an area no more than 0.6 miles wide, or spread across a diameter of 22 miles.
December 15th, 2020
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