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The public is invited to several free activities that are planned for the Transit of Venus on June 5. This solar event will not occur again until 2117, making this viewing the last opportunity for a lifetime!
Starting at about 2 p.m. in the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center, park rangers will provide activities for children that focus on the solar system. At 3:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center theater, Beverly Marrs, Carlsbad High School astronomy teacher, will present a slide program about the historical and scientific importance of the Transit. Then, from 4 p.m. to sunset, park rangers and Ms. Marrs will be on hand at a modified telescope so that visitors may see Venus as a dot progressing along its path between Earth and Sun. Remember safe viewing is a must because staring at the sun without protection can do permanent damage to the eyes.
For more information about other park events, tours, and programs, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/cave .