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Amateur astronomers and sky-watchers are in for a treat Wednesday morning.

A rare total lunar eclipse will happen at 5:27 a.m.

Louisiana Tech astronomer Lee Sawyer tells WWL that viewers in New Orleans will have a prime viewing experience.

Sawyer says the moon will glow blood red during the early morning event.

He also says this eclipse is unique because the sun will be rising in the east at the same time, giving viewers between 2-9 minutes to simultaneously see the sun rising in the east, and the eclipsed moon setting in the west.

The Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society is sponsoring a free star party Saturday, offering the last chance to see Saturn until next summer.

The Times reports the show will go on from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Ralph A. Worley Observatory on Louisiana Highway 175.

Organizers plan viewing of star clusters, nebula and galaxies as well as the focus on Saturn — weather permitting.

A free moon map and sky map will be given to visitors.

Starry-Eyed In Arizona Observe The Heavens

Jul 14, 2012

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

There may be no better town in America for observing the heavens than Tucson, Arizona. It has low humidity, high elevation and a darkened desert. That part of the state has attracted quite a few astronomers, both professional and amateur. We sent NPR's Peter Breslow to Tucson to seek out this community of stargazers.