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 first white men to see Scotts Bluff were seven men from the Robert Stuart Party on Christmas Day 1812. The Stuart party was on their way from Astoria, OR to St. Louis, MO.