Science Fans, we have a double treat coming up, over the next few weeks.
First, a full eclipse of the sun will track across the Pacific and the western USA on May 20.
The folks at NASA do many things well. (Just not, designing efficient and economical rockets, but I digress.) Gunny, you will note that the full shadow will clip the southwestern corner of your good state. Driving from Las Vegas, we will reach the shadowed zone at the “Moapa Valley”, a pleasant farming community along the I-15.
The second event is a ‘transit of Venus’, the second in a pair of such events, near sundown on June 5 (for the western USA). This will be visible over major portions of the planet.
The first transit of this pair was in 2004. Transits of Venus then will not recur for over a century.
For either event, of course, caution is necessary – good filters or reflective projection. The Sun can blind you.
Science Marches On!