A new interpretive film for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory‘s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) public Visitor Center. Image © NRAO/AUI and NRAO. Have a look at the video…
This 24-minute production explores the synergies of technology and human curiosity that power the world’s most productive radio telescope.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster (star of the film “Contact,” which was based on the novel by Carl Sagan and filmed at the VLA), the program depicts many of the people whose diverse efforts enable the VLA to be a cutting-edge resource for astronomers and humanity worldwide.
The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 82 feet (25 m) in diameter. The data from the antennas is combined electronically to give the resolution of an antenna 22 miles (36 km) across.