New Mexico's Very Large Array, a giant radio telescope observatory which took a PopSci largeness prize recently, is named in a fine tradition of utilitarian monikers like the European Extremely Large Telescope and the ultimately impractical Overwhelmingly Large Telescope.
But, following a massive rebuilding of the 1970s electronics from the ground up, the VLA feels it needs a new name, and it's open to suggestions!
Entries are welcome until December 1. Feel free to hash out your ideas in the comments here before you submit them. If you post an idea here and it turns out to be accepted as the new real name for the array, we will definitely pull together some sort of magnificent prize for you. But I have an name or two in mind myself.
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Mucho Grande el arraya (I don't speak spanish AT ALL)
BUT if i were too thats what i would call it
It's a combo of apocalypse, cataclysm, and armageddon.
It would be the most suited title for such a massive device.
how about the "moderately large array." (I'm going for a more modest angle, here)
why learn from your own mistakes, when you could learn from the mistakes of others?
The Sagan Array
Yes, I loved Contact. Plus it had some beautiful shots of the (soon-to-be-former) VLA.
Sagans Ear Array. S.E.A.
GAIA (Giant Astronomy Interferometer Array)
Well, off the top of my head:
(Outer Space Illegal Alien Broad Satellite Array Alert System!)
We’ll stop those pesky aliens one way or another!
Gosh Darn Dang It!
The Vera Rubin Astronomical Array.
the "phonehoming" array.
The people of the world only divide into two kinds, One sort with brains who hold no religion, The other with religion and no brain.
- Abu-al-Ala al-Marri
Is my suggested name.
Wide Humongous Astronomy Towers
VLA Array Name: DRAGONFLY 12:01PM 10/14/2011
I've got it, and I'm gonna submit it right now to their site
Otherwise known as the "WiHeardU" Telescope
Seems fitting wouldn't you think?
( HI-U )
Humongous Interest Up
Radio Enhanced Astronomy Detect Intelligence
Astronomy Radio Enhance Array 27
I think TruthIsMyName almost had it, just drop the "Array":
Except that it doesn't really do any SETI work. So I propose:
According to Wikipedia, David S. Heeschen was the driving force behind the array's development.
Enhance Array Radio Reception Stellar
Well its very large and the best word for very large/impressive is "Mega" in my opinion. The word Array is a good descriptor so we should keep that. Hmmm Mega Array = MEGARRAY!
Lets turn the vowelum up on the cosmos!
Augmentation Electromagnetic Integrated Observatory Universe
Stellar Technology Absolute Retrofit Region Y
Much appreciated for the comment. The reason I picked Sagan is due to the fact that he made space and everything in it his life.
New Mexico Interstellar Intelligence Surveyor
Advancing Reber Radio Astronomy
Cosmic Clarity Radio Ehanced Astronomy Development
Advanced Radio Astronomy Perceptive Technology
Huge Antenna Menagerie
Array Perceptive Advance Radio Astronomy