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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will begin in Upper Lehman and Wheeler Peak Campgrounds. Campgrounds will be open but may be noisy and have large vehicles on the roads. The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Click more for details. Updated 9/9/14 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?

Great Basin Rattlesnake

Great Basin rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) are the only venomous snake species in Great Basin National Park. These rattlesnakes rarely exceed 40 inches in total length, reproduce every two to three years, and feed primarily on rodents and lizards.