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    National Park Nevada

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  • Telephones not working at Great Basin National Park

    The park is experiencing an outage with all incoming and outgoing telephone calls. We hope to resolve this issue soon.

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will create delays on the main park road going up to Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Wheeler Peak Campground will close at noon on September 2nd and portions of the Scenic Drive. Click more for details. Updated 8/25/14 More »

  • Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed

    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Chuck Bueter

What is a transit of Venus?
When Venus passes directly between earth and the sun, we see the distant planet as a small dot gliding slowly across the face of the sun. Historically, this rare alignment is how we measured the size of our solar system.

Join Great Basin's Dark Rangers in viewing this rare transit at the Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker, NV starting at 2:30PM (PDT). We will have telescopes available for public viewing.

When is it?
The next transit of Venus occurs June 5, 2012, depending on your location. This event will be viewable from Great Basin National Park starting at 3:00PM (PDT) on June 5, 2012. This will be the last transit of Venus to occur in your lifetime.

What should I do?
The park will have special safe solar telescopes to view the transit, as well as, a chance to build your own solar viewing telescope!

Remember to never look at the sun directly or through any type of magnifying device unless it is specially designed for solar viewing.

Source data: Chuck Bueter www.transitofvenus.org

Did You Know?

Lexington Arch

Great Basin National Park is home to Lexington Arch, one of the largest limestone arches in the western United States. This six-story arch was created by the forces of weather working slowly over the span of centuries. This type of above ground limestone arch is rare.