VLA Can Has Glam Shots?


From the Fringes...

The VLA, in its tightest configuration, looking marvelous.
Credit: B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF

The new VLA is not your grandmother’s VLA. And we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

Sure, the new Very Large Array looks exactly like the old Very Large Array. But appearances can be deceiving. In the gullets of these 28 antennas (27 working, with 1 to spare) are entirely new receivers. Under thousands of acres of the San Agustin Plain in New Mexico are 3000 miles of new fiber optic cables. And the original, Ernestine’s correlator in the dusty basement has been superseded by a clean room-protected, petaflop-speed supercomputer designed by the National Research Council of Canada.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory runs the VLA, and they’ve been working on these upgrades for many, many years to turn this world-class instrument into an übertelescope.

(For those of you who want me to quantify the überness of…

View original post 824 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s