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Very Large Array


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Y-shaped pattern of radio telescopes in New Mexico with a radius of 21 kilometers (13 miles).


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  • The scientists detected the magnetic loop by making extremely detailed images of the system using an intercontinental set of radio telescopes, including the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array, Very Large Array, and Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, along with the Effelsberg radio telescope in Germany.

    Giant Magnetic Loop Stretches Between Two Stars | Universe Today

  • The Very Large Array radio telescope first looked for the object the day after the discovery, detected the first radio waves from the blast a week later, then recorded changes in the object until it faded from view more than two months later.

    More Observations of GRB 090423, the Most Distant Known Object in the Universe | Universe Today

  • Cosmic history: Part of the Very Large Array radio observatory in New Mexico, used to make the discovery.

    COSMOS magazine - The science of everything

  • By observing with the Very Large Array radio telescope and the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in France at sub-kiloparsec resolution, the researchers have been "weighing" the earliest galaxies, ones that formed within a billion years of the Big Bang.

    Universe Today

  • To help answer this question, Carilli, Riechers and the rest of their team used the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico and the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in France to peer back to near the beginning of the universe, thought to be 13.7 billion years ago, when the first galaxies were forming.


  • The emission, picked up by the Very Large Array radio telescope and shown in orange, is generated as charged particles are blasted from the core of the galaxy and crash into the intergalactic gas.

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