DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's 3 a.m. and a number of telescopes are trained on the southwestern sky over Des Moines. Doug Rudd, the President of the Des Moines Astronomical Society is waiting for a great show.
"What we're looking at lunar eclipse where the moon is moving into the earth's shadow," said Rudd. "It started at 3:30 and we're expecting to see a nice bronze color as it gets into totality," he added. The watch party attracted 15-20 people toting cameras and telescopes. A 40 degree chill kept people in hats and coats, but no one could complain. The sky was clear, nothing to stop the celestial show.
"This has been a really good morning temp was good it wasn't real windy," said Rudd.
He said the moon showed some nice bronze color.
"A lot of people stopped by and looked thru the scopes and took pictures and we just had a lot of fun," said Rudd.
Another watch party is planned for Thursday October 23 at 4 p.m. That day will feature a partial solar eclipse.