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February 2, 2023

A Time-Lapsed Eclipse

Dedicated stargazers and nocturnal animals glancing upward were treated to a sight Tuesday morning with a lunar eclipse, which lasted an hour-and-a-half.

The full lunar eclipse lasted from 2:52am to 4:22am on Tuesday, and could be seen perfectly by Hollister residents who happened to be awake at that hour.

Hollister real estate agent and amateur astronomer, David Baumgartner, woke up about 2:30am to witness the eclipse, though he said he couldn’t get anyone else to join him.

“When it comes at 3, 3:30 in the morning you don’t get groups,” Baumgartner said, adding that he couldn’t even get his dog out to look at the sky with him. “Most people are not as dedicated – or should I say idiotic – as me.”

Baumgartner said that the fatigue he felt the rest of Tuesday was worth it.

“The only negative thing about this lunar eclipse was the time,” he said. “It was one of the longest and one of the deepest lunar eclipses we’ve had in a long time.”

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