Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Moonset at the VLA

OK, so this is really cool!  We received permission to be on the grounds of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array Radio Telescope tonight.  This is an astounding telescope!  It consists of 27 individual radio dishes arranged in a "Y" shape that are moved on railroad tracks.  The tracks of each leg are 13 miles long and the arrangement of the antennae are changed several times a year.  Sometimes the dishes are close, and sometimes they stretch out for their full length.  I will show you some more photographs in another post, but to say these devices are impressive is an understatement.  We wanted to photograph one dish against the Zodiacal light and we were successful.  But I will show you some images of the dishes in daylight.  It was frosting on the cake to arrive and be setting up, and then seeing the thin crescent moon setting in the distance.  A magical evening!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great image. It's simultaneously abstract and detailed.

Was it easy to get permission to access the grounds at night, or did you have to pull professional strings and get a permit?

-John Speroni