The Very Large Array 20th Anniversary

Twenty Years of Frontier Science With the VLA

Even before its formal dedication in 1980, the VLA had become an invaluable research tool. Today, it is the most powerful, flexible and widely-used radio telescope in the world. More than 2,200 researchers from around the world have used the VLA for more than 10,000 different observing projects. The VLA has had a major impact on nearly every branch of astronomy, and the results of its research are abundant in the pages of scientific journals and textbooks. More than 200 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded on the basis of research done with the VLA.

Below we list a few of the highlights of VLA research over the past two decades. This list, while far from complete, illustrates the breadth of research done on the VLA as well as the impact the VLA has had on numerous areas of astronomy.

Background Information

Facts About the VLA

The VLA and the VLBA

Aerial Photos of the VLA

High-Resolution Photos of the VLA

Visiting the VLA: Tourist Information

Introduction to Radio Astronomy

The Value of Astronomy

NRAO Press Releases

Media Contacts

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Home Page

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