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Very Large Array

(VLA, Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, JVLA)
(radio telescope in New Mexico)

The Very Large Array (VLA or Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array) is an interferometer radio telescope on the Plains of San Agustin, in New Mexico, named for Karl G. Jansky, the radio engineer who first discovered radio signals from astronomical distances. It is part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, its elevation is 2124 m (6970 feet), and it has 27 independent 25-meter antennas. It operates at wavelengths 0.6 to 410 cm (50 GHz-73 MHz) and using interferometry (up to 36 km baseline), resolves to an angles as small as 0.05 arcsecond. It was built in 1973-1980 under the name Very Large Array (VLA) and was renamed (attaching Jansky's name) with 2001-2012 upgrade replacing all the electronics.

(telescope,radio,Jansky,interferometer,NRAO,array,ground,New Mexico)
Further reading:
0.6cm50GHz207μeVendVery Large Array
410cm73MHz302neVbeginVery Large Array
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Referenced by pages:
angular resolution
Cosmic Lens All-sky Survey (CLASS)
Millimeter-wave Intensity Mapping Experiment (mmIME)
Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS)