VLA at Sunset
Very Large Array
The Very Large Array (VLA) is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere – the nearest town is Socorro, New Mexico, but it is tiny, and fifty miles away. This remote desert is the perfect place for radio telescopes such as this, because the dry atmosphere leads to stronger extraterrestrial signals due reduced water vapor interference. It also makes the nights eerily lonely, a feeling only amplified by these giant instruments probing the depths of space. Both the VLA and the landscape come to life at sunset... but minutes from now a piercing darkness will take over, as if to encourage comtemplation of the beyond.