By Becky Ferreira Feb 26, 2013
The Very Large Array
The name kind of says it all, doesn't it? The VLA is an enormous radio observatory in New Mexico, consisting of 27 antennas with a dish diameter of 82 feet and a weight of 230 tons. Their purpose? To "listen in" on the most exotic places in the universe, such as black holes, quasars, and the combustive center of our own galaxy.