Catching the Rays – Very Large Array

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While I was soaking in the rays of sunset, the Very Large Array was catching radio-waves from cosmic phenomena millions of miles away.

This was my first time visiting the Very Large Array (VLA), located in Socorro New Mexico, at sunset. I really had no idea what to expect. I mostly thought that I would only get to play with how the sun inter-played with the huge satellite dishes. But, to my surprise (and delight) there were some nice mountains in the distance. The sky was also rather devoid of clouds, which was a bit disappointing… except for some clouds hovering around the mountains in the distance. You can get a better feel for how far away these features really were in this photograph: VLA at Sunset – Socorro, New Mexico. This is a good example of why it's always important to bring long lenses. I was fairly certain the VLA would require the widest lens I have, but I wasn't expecting all the intrigue to be so far away.

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