Very Large Array antennas

What appear to be alien mushrooms sprouting on the plains of San Augustine, 52 miles west of Socorro, NM, are actually giant ears which may someday reveal how the universe was created.  These 82-foot diameter antennas, built by E-Systems, Inc., are part of a 27-antenna (plus one spare) contingent currently forming the Very Large Array--the most powerful and sensitive radio telescope in existence.  The National Radio Astronomy Observatory groups the 213-ton, 94-foot-high dishes along a 38-mile configuration of railroad tracks to monitor the hiss of quasars--the most powerful emitters of radio signals in the universe., Credit Line: E-Systems, Inc., courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Abstract/Description: What appear to be alien mushrooms sprouting on the plains of San Augustine, 52 miles west of Socorro, NM, are actually giant ears which may someday reveal how the universe was created. These 82-foot diameter antennas, built by E-Systems, Inc., are part of a 27-antenna (plus one spare) contingent currently forming the Very Large Array--the most powerful and sensitive radio telescope in existence. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory groups the 213-ton, 94-foot-high dishes along a 38-mile configuration of railroad tracks to monitor the hiss of quasars--the most powerful emitters of radio signals in the universe.
Subject(s): Telescopes
Equipment and supplies
Telescopes
Credit Line: E-Systems, Inc., courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Catalog ID: Telescopes F27