Transit of Venus

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

June 5, 2012 2:18:08 PM PDT
There's a little black spot on the Sun today. No, really, there is.

(Although if you sing that line, as Sting did with The Police back in 1983, I guarantee that you'll be humming it all night.)

The "spot" is in the form of Venus, which is passing in front of the Sun in what astronomers call the "Transit of Venus."

It's more than a once-in-a-lifetime experience; the next time it will happen will be 2117. There are several viewing areas already in place in our area, because it's a 6-hour event, lasting till just past midnight.

Yes, yes, I know - the Sun sets way before midnight - but in Times Square tonight, on that big jumbo-tron, we're putting up the NASA shot of the Sun as seen from Hawaii. By the way - or should I say BTW? - I spent several moments today seeking guidance on whether to capitalize the "s" in Sun. As you can see - I did capitalize it.

You'll see the Transit of Venus, tonight at 11 - in case you missed it earlier.

Also at 11, we're hearing from the mother of a jail guard at Riker's Island, who yesterday shot and killed a cop in Springfield, Massachusetts, shot and wounded his girlfriend (the mother of his 1-year old), and then shot and killed himself.

The mom lives on Long Island, like her son did. The tragedy yesterday was from a domestic dispute - and shortly before she was shot, the girlfriend obtained a restraining order against the jail guard, Shawn Bryan.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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