Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array News

The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory located in central New Mexico, USA. It is composed of 27 independent radio antennas, each 25 meters in diameter, arranged in a Y-shaped configuration. This design allows the antennas to function together as a single giant telescope, using a technique known as interferometry, which significantly enhances the resolution and sensitivity of the observations. The VLA can be reconfigured by moving the antennas along railroad tracks, enabling astronomers to adjust the array’s size and resolution according to the specific needs of their observational projects.