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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Just for Fun: Name the array

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has been upgrading its Very Large Array (27 radio antennas outside of Socorro, New Mexico) with new electronics to replace the previously installed 70's era equipment.  To commemorate this change, the designation-challenged astronomers at NRAO are inviting the public to suggest a new name to match the array's new capabilities.

If you have a name in mind, especially one that's more imaginative than 'Hey, That's a Lot of Telescopes!' you can submit it here.  But don't delay! Entries will only be accepted until midnight on December 1st.   

Very Large Array, Socorro, New Mexico, taken by Hajor, 8/8/2004.

Hat tip:  Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.