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June 6th, 2012
08:26 AM ET

'Science Guy' Bill Nye explains it all: Venus transiting the sun, Shuttle Enterprise makes its final journey and stopping summer brain drain

Last night, as the sun set on the East Coast, the planet Venus began its "transit." In this rare event, the planet Venus passes between the sun and the Earth. If you missed it, you'll have to wait until 2117 to see it again.

One other worldly event you can catch today: Shuttle Enterprise is making its final journey towards New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. CNN will have live coverage of this event all through the morning.

This is just one way the worlds of science and space are becoming relevant to kids, who Bill Nye "The Science Guy" claims could use more science education. He's teaming up with Sophia.org to help stem kids 'summer brain drain,' claiming that students can lose up to 40% of what they learn during the school year in lose lazy days.

This morning on "Early Start," Bill Nye talks about these space stories in the news, and explains why it's so important to keep a child's education going through the summer months.

For more information on the education site Nye is partnering with, visit Sophia.org.

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