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Lining up the VLA antennas

Lining up the VLA antennas

There are 27 dish antennas within the Very Large Array that are identical 25-meter telescopes working together as one. This photo shows the array in its most compact configuration, but during other times of the year, the antennas will move farther apart. The movement of these telescopes is similar to the zoom function on a camera, as the telescopes more farther away from each other they capture a larger picture of a portion of the universe.