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Utahns will be treated to a partial eclipse of the moon early Saturday morning, assuming that clouds don't obscure it.

"The eclipse will begin at 5:41 a.m. MDT, when the moon begins to move into the dark part of the Earth's shadow," said Patrick Wiggins of Hansen Planetarium. The maximum eclipse will be at 6:18 a.m., when about 12 percent of the orb will be darkened.As the moon is setting over the horizon, about 6:55 a.m., it will slide clear of the shadow.

"Unlike eclipses of the sun, which require special observing equipment, Saturday's lunar eclipse can be viewed in comfort and safety with no need for special observing precautions or equipment," Wiggins added.

For those who don't want to bother getting up early for a relatively unspectacular eclipse, Utah will experience a total eclipse of the moon in September 1996.