One of the radio telescopes of the VLA (Very Large Array) near Socorro, New Mexico.
I wanted a view from near the base of the antenna so I had to use a four shot panorama to get everything in. You may see dark streaks against the sky – it was snowing as I was shooting. Normally on a panorama I would do a bit more correcting of the geometry and cropping but I liked the effect of the curved sides of the image that were present after the first stitch-together of the shots. Shots were taken with my Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 100, 24mm, f/6.3, 1/160 second exposure.
I was exploring the back roads of eastern Washington and what did I find in the middle of farm country? A radio telescope! I’m a space nut and this is one of the coolest things I have found on my photo roadtrips. It is part of a network of ten radio telescopes called the VLBA (Very Large Baseline Array). The western most telescope in the network is in Hawaii, and the eastern most telescope is in the Virgin Islands. The telescopes work together to act like a huge telescope with a diameter of 5351 miles. You can read more about the VLBA here.