Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Here's a close up of a few of the deployed radiotelescopes. Each weighs 34 Tons and while they look small in this photo, each disk will completely cover the infield of a regulation size baseball diamond. They're all on railroad tracks so they can be positioned anywhere along the 13 mile leg. They, along with the Hubble telescope - produce some very important information about our universe.
If Datil, NM is known for anything ( besides Roger and Jean Daiger ) it is home for the US governments VLA ( very large array ) display. 27 radio telescopes on a Y axis and each leg - when extended - can be 13 miles long. This is a shot of part of the display which is located on the Plains of Agustin, elev 7030, and surrounded by the San Mateo, Luera, Horse and Datil Mountains.
After Santa Fe, we spent a few days with friends Roger and Jean Daiger at their soon to be completed mountaiin home in Datil, NM. Jan, Roger and Jean are standing on the main floor area of the house-to-be. They'll have one amazing view from their 27 acre estate. Thanks for the hospitality guys.
Santa Fe has lots of artists and therefore lots of nooks, crannies and alleyways to browse for items such as those shown. This seems to be the hot pepper capital of America so there's always lots of pepper wreaths to buy for decoration or to actually cook with.