The moon will hang in the western sky, about 30 degrees above the horizon when the eclipse begins to become noticeable, at about 4:06 a.m. As the earth passes between the moon and the sun, it will cast a shadow across the shining white orb. The moon will blush ' peach to orange to red as the shadow of the earth increases. That warm wash of red is due to sunlight bending like a fiery corona around and through earth's atmosphere, illuminating the moon. "So the reddish-orange color people will see is a combination of all the colors of all the sunrises and sunsets on earth at that particular moment," says Lafayette Planetarium Director Dave Hostetter. "It is kind of a wow thing." By 6:30 a.m. the eclipse will end, the moon will set and the sun rise on a new, ordinary looking day, with no residue of a red moon.
The best places to look at the eclipse are spots with a clear view of the western horizon. Cypremort Point is one obvious choice, but any place with a western vista not blocked by trees or buildings is a good bet. Hostetter likes Moore Park in north Lafayette, off of La. Hwy. 182. A pair of binoculars will enhance the experience; the seas and mountain ranges of the moon should be visible though good lenses. Watch the weather and hope for a clear night and cloudless morning. If you miss this turn in the celestial dance, the next total eclipse of the moon will occur on Feb. 20, 2008.
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Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
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OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
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The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
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After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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