Virtually Speaking Science | Wednesday May 2 | 9pm eastern | 6pm pacific –

Two of the biggest astronomical events of the year – May 20’s annular solar eclipse and June 5’s transit of Venus – are just around the corner. What’s the big deal, and how can you get in on the action?

Paul Doherty (a.k.a. Patio Plasma), senior scientist at San Francisco’s Exploratorium chats with MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle about; eclipse/transit angles; how and where to see this month’s eclipse and next month’s once-in-a-lifetime transit safely; and Explo activities and events and using virtual worlds – particularly Second Life – for outreach/education/science experiences. Follow @b0yle @exploratorium Read Alan’s show notesListen live & Later.

Digitally present studio audience — courtesy of MICA — here: