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United States : New Mexico

13.3 miles (21.4 km) SW of Datil, Catron, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 2125 m (6971 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 72°E

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#2: Fortunately this was on the other side of the road #3: The Yellow Brick Road (maybe in the Summer) #4: A solarmill (near 34N108W) #5: The VLA

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  34°N 108°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking in a northeasterly direction

(visited by Bob Greschke)

05-Nov-2000 -- It didn't look great for this point. I live in Socorro, and the storm that was supposed to arrive Saturday night dropped by a day early. It was raining pretty heavily in town and there was a solid bank of clouds, and mountains, to the west. I decided to give it a go anyway. Luckily, as the saying almost goes, all you have to do is wait (or drive) 15 minutes in New Mexico and the weather and/or the sceanery will change. It changed all right. By the time I got west about 25 miles on US60 to the town of Magdalena it looked like it was going to snow. By the time I made it to Datil I had already passed by two snow plows. The short drive through the mountains south of Datil on NM12 was very pretty. Everything was covered with a fresh layer of snow -- except for the road. There is a driveway to a group of buildings that practically takes you right to the spot.

This point is down on the Plains of San Agustin. This is the remains of an ancient lake. The eastern end of the plain is occupied by the Very Large Array. This is the worlds largest radio telescope. It has been in movies (Contact, 2010), print and television advertisements. I used to be a telescope operator there in the 1980's. The VLA is actually about 20 miles to the northwest of this location.


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#1: Looking in a northeasterly direction
#2: Fortunately this was on the other side of the road
#3: The Yellow Brick Road (maybe in the Summer)
#4: A solarmill (near 34N108W)
#5: The VLA
#6: Downtown (and uptown) Datil, New Mexico
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