Transit of Venus
This will be the last time to view the Transit of Venus until 2117, so come to Scotts Bluff National Monument on June 5 to see this unusual event.
Although the Transit of Venus is not as visually spectacular as an eclipse of the sun, it is the event that helped early astronomers calculate the size of the solar system. Join the ranger at the North Overlook between 4:30 and sunset on Tuesday, June 5 to see the historic occurrence. The small dot that is Venus will cross the upper portion of the sun for over four hours, giving people plenty of time to visit the bluff to see it. Special solar viewers will be available from the ranger at the top of the bluff.
Viewing the sun is very dangerous. Sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes from looking directly at the sun. Learn more about safe solar viewing at the NASA website: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html
Did You Know?
The Summit Road at Scotts Bluff National Monument is believed to be the oldest existing concrete road in the state of Nebraska. The road allows visitors to drive to the top of the bluff through three tunnels for a spectacular view of the valley.