back to article Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker

The prosaically named Very Large Array radio-telescope installation is getting a substantial upgrade – and the boffins who tend it have decided that it needs a new name to go with its formidable facelift. The Very Large Array – or VLA, for short – is a group of 27 radio antennas located in the desert about 50 miles west of …

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Sell the naming rights

Hey, it works for stadiums. (Stadia?)

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Paris Hilton

And the winner is....

Peered

Astronomical

Radio

Investigation of

Space

As for payment, I'll take either a government check or a six-figure research grant.

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Pint

In honour of "The Archers"

SHULA.

Southern Hemisphere Ultra Large Array.

^-^

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Sorry, wrong hemispere

New Mex is in the Northern Hemisphre.

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@Herbie

My bad.

The "Atacama desert" bit stuck in my mind.

What's a hemispere?

^_^

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Fuck Me, That's a Very Large Array

Where do I collect...?

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Reilly

Just because I loved Chorlton and the Wheelies as a kid.

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ESO naming

Unlikely, it started out as a way to avoid political problems naming their telescopes - we need the name of an astronomer who was 60% German, 20% French, 10% Italian ....

But it has become a deliberate (if slightly tongue in cheek) ESO policy to give them deliberately nerdy names - it's even regarded as an example of a German sense of humour.

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Re: ESO naming

When I worked there the scientific workforce was 40% Italian. The Germans were very much in the minority, eclipsed by Brits and certainly by French.

ESO might be based near Munich but it is definitely NOT German! The guy in charge is Dutch and the chairman of astronomy is a Brit.

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ELVAS has left the galaxy

Extremely Large Variable Array Sensor

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Try using 'Interferometer' instead of 'Array'. ;-)

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From Down the Line...

Spantana!

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WTF

Having driven through the array, on US60 west from Socorro, NM, the best name is "WTF is That ?" No, we knew it was there, but were unprepared for the scale of the thing. Then we got directed off the road by a NM State trooper, to make way for a portable building being moved.

The thing is between a long stretch of NOTHING, the array, then MORE NOTHING. You should drive it someday. It is just west of the Trinity site. After visiting, you understand why they blew it off out there, it is nowhere.

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Buzzed

After much thought and a bit of research I ended up with this first effort.

Ternary

Wide

Array

Telescope

Works for me.

For some reason El Reg insists on screwing up the formatting by inserting double space.

Oh well. That is TWAT if you are suffering from some strange form of blindness.

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How about...

Very Large Array Developed - the Impaler

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For a desert

Sorocco seems to have a lot of grass. Just saying...

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It's on the Rio Grande

And the imagery may have been shot the week after a rainstorm.

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Scientific Time?

Shouldn't the time reference be UTC (BIPM) to be "scientific"?

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Optional

Refining it with 'Very' should do the job. The beauty of that is that it scales well: make it bigger again? Prefix the (new) name with 'Very' again. And again. And again...

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Taking Inspiration form Red Dwarf

Cornucopia of

Large

Interfering

Telescopes for

Observing

Radiative

Incidents in

Space

[Paris because she would want to play with it.]

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The Hom Array

You can do anything with a Wok.

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How about...

...BFA?

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From a couple of days ago

Posted here - http://www.plurk.com/p/ednikw

AOA - Already Obsolete Array, on account of the SCIRO et al

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/15/anz_lobby_for_uber_telescope/

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Type

Erm, CSIRO, obviously. Sorry about that.

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I'd go with "JBOT"

Just a Bunch Of Telescopes.

(Or, for a truly British touch, how about "The Extensive Array", or "TEA".)

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Holmes

HORATIO

Huge Orientible RAdio Tri-axial Interferometric Observer

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TADA!

Tri-axial Adaptive Directional Array!

(Sponsored by Yahoo!)

;-)

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"His Master's Voice"

Then "steal" the EMI logo.

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Why does it have to be prefixed?

Very Large Array — We Really Mean It This Time, or Maybe Next.

Or, perhaps

Really Quite Impressively Large Array

for Phase II, and then

ZOMG SRSLY Large Array

for Phase III?

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Eddie Izzard would name it

the Fuck Off Big Array.

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Let the locals name it

RTMG - Radio Telescopio Muy Grande

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HUGE VLA

Huge Ultra Giant Expanded Very Large Array

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VLA

Since we already have the letters Very Large Array Radio Telescope, we could tip a recognition to Douglas Adams, and call it the Vlarty Sartfast - it will certainly be providing yet more of a Guide to the Galaxy.

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How about

the Eleanor Arroway VLA?

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CHARITY

Celestial Huge Array Radio Interferometry Telescope Y-formation.

Imagine the headlines when funding is in doubt: "Senators refuse to give money to CHARITY"

When all the fun has been had and the joke gets old, they can then apply for funding for FAITH and HOPE.

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PARIS

Particularly Awesome, Really Immense Space - thing.

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Federal

University

Controlled

King-sized

Massive

Earth

Tethered

Hugh

Array

Telescope

Sees

Big

Interstellar

Galaxies

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Three Cheers.....

HIP HIP ARRAY

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