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Astronomers in West Texas are no fans of Daylight Saving Time

Local astronomers say losing an hour means waiting longer to gaze at the stars. (Source: KWES) Local astronomers say losing an hour means waiting longer to gaze at the stars. (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) -
This weekend it will be time to turn your clocks forward one hour, something that many people who love their sleep dread. But Daylight Saving Time affects more than just sleep.
 
Mike DeShazo, president of the West Texas Astronomy Club said, "If you're asking me do I like Daylight Savings Time, no I do not."
 
Astronomers like Mike DeShazo said its more than an hour they lose when they want to look up at the stars.
 
"If you don't get a good start until 10:30 or later, it may be two or three o'clock in the morning before you get any good images you want to do," said DeShazo.
 
At the club, they like to tech kids about the moon and the stars, losing out on an hour hurts them too.
 
"A lot of our mission is educating children and doing work in the school system," said DeShazo.
 
In West Texas, the night time skyline is everything.
 
"If you take a moon that's a half moon or quarter moon where you can see along the terminator there's some things to see," said DeShazo.
 
For astronomers like DeShazo, he hopes one day Daylight Saving becomes a thing of the past.
 
"At my age I'm used to getting up every early anyway so I will get up at the same time, no matter what time they call it," said DeShazo.
 
This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday and ends November 5th.

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