This distance makes us feel closer.
An immersive, mountaintop sound work that resounds over miles of land surrounding the Magdalena Ridge Observatory at 10,600ft. Come join us on the ridge at dusk, looking down on the Very Large Array and surrounding mountains while far away tones call out through the high-desert landscape.
When + Where do things happen?
October 18, 2013 || New Mexico Magdalena Ridge Observatory
5:00 to 6:00 Tour the 2.4 meter telescope
6:00 to 7:00 This distance makes us feel closer.
7:00 into the night Stargazing and conversation
What do I bring?
Please bring warm clothes, walking shoes, and some water. You are welcome to bring a blanket, picnic foods, or your dog. Please do not bring your cat, or alcohol; they will not be permitted at the event because of the altitude.
How do I get there?
To get to the observatory, drive south on I-25 and take I-60W (exit 150) at Socorro. Drive through town and after 14 miles, make a left onto Water Canyon Rd. At the end of the paved road, make a left into the campground and follow the gravel road up the mountain 8 miles. It will take approximately 1’30” to get to Water Canyon and another 30” – 45” to drive the 8 miles up to the observatory. We strongly recommend using a 4WD vehicle.
About the Magdalena Ridge Observatory
The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) sits on a ridge above the New Mexico Desert looking down at the horizon. Because of its perch, the MRO is an excellent site for viewing faraway objects near the horizon, like the International Space Station or asteroids. A 2.4 meter telescope sits on the ridge, as well as the future site of an interferometer which views the night’s sky at 10x the power of the Hubble Telescope. The ridge hosts a variety of weather stations, astronomical equipment, and experiments abandoned to time.