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Transit of Venus Viewing Events

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Date: June 1, 2012

Ever seen another planet in the daytime sky? When Venus passes between Earth and the sun during the afternoon on June 5, 2012, it will appear as a black disk crossing the sun's face. You can experience this rare astronomical event safely and with a knowledgeable park ranger!

Arches National Park
At Panorama Point and Sand Dune Arch parking lots, solar viewing devices will be available for visitors to share. Solar scopes will project the event onto a screen, and park rangers will give short presentations about the orbital mechanics behind this rare heavenly display. Stop by between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and catch a glimpse of this once in a lifetime experience - the next transit of Venus does not occur until the year 2117!

Natural Bridges National Monument
Come on by the visitor center during the afternoon and early evening hours to peek through the solar telescope at the transit of Venus. A park ranger will be available to answer your questions about this unique and rare event.

To learn more about the transit of Venus visit: http://www.transitofvenus.org

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Close up of biological soil crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Arches and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...