Day 9: The Very Large Array National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico. I'm interested in astronomy and have long-wanted to see this. There are 27 telescopes arrayed in a Y-shape across an area the size of a city. Each telescope is the height of a nine-story building, and each was constructed on site. When an astronomer wants to change the configuration, a big machine on tracks picks them up, one at a time, and carries them to a new location. These telescopes were featured in the movie "Contact," starring Jodie Foster, a few years ago.