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.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
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The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
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Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
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Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
The festival is scheduled for March 21-22 in New Orleans.
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For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.