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Local stargazers witnessed once-in-a-century lunar eclipse

FOX 9's Adam Klepp has the details on how you can see lunar history tonight

YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) - Jason Trevino is not your average stargazer. In fact, he has his own observatory in the backyard of his house out in the Foothills.

To him, it’s a hobby born out of curiosity.

“Just when I was younger, looking up, wondering what’s out there,” Trevino said.

It's a hobby he also admits is a little costly. Trevino even bought land near Dateland to be able to photograph the sky at its darkest.

Photo by Jason Trevino

He says being in Yuma gives him and other space enthusiasts a unique opportunity.

"We still have fairly dark skies, not like Phoenix or Los Angeles, where if they look up at the sky at night, they don’t see anything," Trevino said.

Trevino and his friend Isaac Armas each have their own YouTube channels, "Iceman Astro" and "AZ4Runner", dedicated to their space photography.

Jason's land near Dateland. (Courtesy: YT/AZ4Runner)

And late Thursday night into early Friday morning, Trevino and his telescope will be documenting a once-in-a-lifetime lunar event.

It’s called the 'Full Beaver Moon Partial Eclipse', which will last over 6 hours, the longest eclipse in 500 years according to NASA, visible on 4 continents.

Jason says it’s well worth waking up, or staying up for.

“There’s nothing like going out, when you’re half asleep, or whatever it is, and seeing that moon in a different light than you’ve ever seen it before," Trevino said.

NASA says the best views of the eclipse will be happening at around 2 a.m. MST, and 1 a.m. PST.

Photo by Jason Trevino
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