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Very Lush Array, by Matt Tilghman
Very Lush Array
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After summer monsoons, the normally-barren Very Large Array, near Socorro, New Mexico, bursts with new green life.
Very Large Array
New Mexico is such a good place for a radio telescope like the Very Large Array because the atmosphere is so dry, which means reduced interference with the radio waves. This also means it's a desert. But unlike some deserts, New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert does get its share of monsoons in summer. This photograph was taken after a string of several sizeable storms. I headed down to the VLA from Albuquerque hoping for some interesting skies, not at all knowing that I would catch a glimpse of the normally-barren landscape teeming with new, green life. The landscape was so lush that for a few minutes, I even forgot that I was there to shoot the VLA!
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