Jansky Very Large Array Membership

Plans for the Next Generation Learning Center at the VLA are moving forward! The Center will host thousands of students every year, bringing hands-on STEM education experiences to the next generation of scientists.

For the first time, the VLA is offering memberships, enhancing your experience of the most scientifically productive ground based telescope on Earth. Right now, for a limited time, we are offering Founding Memberships.

VLA Members’ support contributes to building a state-of-the-art Learning Center that will not only benefit K-12 kids in New Mexico, but across the country with remote learning opportunities. In addition, members support our STEM education programs.

Become a Founding Member Today!

Founding members are entitled to an array of benefits.

General Membership – $25

  • Free Admission to the VLA
  • 15% Discount on Gift Shop Items
  • Exclusive Member E-Newsletter

Interstellar Membership – $50

  • All of the above benefits
  • Free VLA Admission for 1 guest
  • Recognition in the Founding Members Report
  • Official VLA Member T-Shirt

Karl G. Jansky Society

As you may know, Karl G. Jansky discovered radio waves emanating from space and is the founder of radio astronomy.
To honor his legacy, the Jansky Society is the most distinguished tier of the new Very Large Array Membership Program, for those who want to make the biggest impact.

For more than 40 years, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array has enabled forefront research into the distant universe and advanced our understanding of the cosmos. The Jansky Society is an opportunity to join a community of like-minded enthusiasts for the most scientifically productive ground based telescope in the world, the VLA!

Plus, you can feel good about joining! Did you know that the US has a dire shortage of skilled STEM workers? By becoming a member, you will expand access to hands-on quality STEM education experiences for students in New Mexico and, virtually, across the country. Your membership will support the construction of the Next Generation Learning Center at the VLA, a world-class facility where we will inspire the next generation of scientists!

Become a Jansky Society Member today!

Jansky Levels & Benefits

All Jansky Society Levels receive the following benefits:

  • Exclusive E-newsletter
  • Free VLA admission for yourself and 3 guests
  • 15% VLA gift shop Discount
  • Recognition in Founding Members report
  • VLA Member T-Shirt
  • Jansky Baseball Cap & Logo Pin
  • Early Registration for VLA Events


All Jansky Levels come with monthly term options.

Star Cluster: $250

Pulsar: $500

  • Above benefits + admission for an additional guest

Quasar: $1,000

  • Above benefits + Private VIP Tour of the Very Large Array

Supernova: $5,000

  • Above benefits + Private star party for your friends and family

Galaxy: $10,000

  • Above benefits + Invitation to lunch with the Director



If you have questions about what your gift accomplishes or would like information about other ways to donate, including gifts of stock, gifts from donor advised funds, or estate gifts, please contact Heather Cochrane, Director of Advancement at giving@nrao.edu.

For general Membership questions, contact Cyprus Van Inwegen at VLACommunity@nrao.edu.