Wonders of the Universe: Tour the Very Large Array!

Through this trip, students will be exposed to the technology and research conducted at the Very Large Array (VLA), one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories located on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. The VLA consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration. The VLA is used primarily by astronomers from around the world. It's also occasionally used for atmospheric/weather studies, satellite tracking, and other miscellaneous science.


Instructor for this event is Peter Sinclair, Physics doctoral student, who works with Dr. Ylva Pihlstrom, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Center for Astrophysical Research and Technologies (CART) - Dr. Ylva Pihlstrom


  • Prep Session:  Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 2 to 3 pm in the STEM Collaborative Center Classroom, EDU 212, (bldg. 67 on campus map). Directions to EDU 212
  • Prep Session is required in order to take the trip to the VLA.

Field Trip Schedule for Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • 8:00 am - Sign-In for the trip at the STEM Collaborative Center (STCC) Classroom, EDU 212 (bldg. 67 on campus map. Directions to Classroom.
  • 8:20 am - Depart UNM Campus for the trip to the VLA
  • 10:30 am - Arrive at the VLA
  • 10:30 am to 1:00 pm - Tour the VLA and Watch "Beyond the Visible: The story of the Very Large Array  a documentary narrated by Jodie Foster (actor in the movie "Contact")
  • 1:15 pm - Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - Depart the VLA to head back to UNM\
  • 4:00 pm - Arrive at the UNM Campus


  • Students are required to attend the Thursday prep session in order to participate in the field trip.
  • Students need to be able to walk one-half mile.
  • Students need to bring a water bottle/container; bottled water will be provided.
  • More information to help prepare students for the trip and tour will be sent to students.
Registration Deadline: Sep 18, 2017

Event Details

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Instructor: Peter Sinclair, Physics Doctoral Student
Who can attend: Any undergraduate student. Freshmen and Sophomore students encouraged to register!
Meet at: Prep Session: 2 to 3 pm
Location: Prep Session: STEM Collaborative Center Classroom, EDU 212 (bldg. 67 on campus map)
What to bring: Your curiosity about astrophysics and the Very Large Array!
Days: Prep Session: Thu, Sep 28 & Tour: Sat, Sep 30
Type: Trip

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