Blood micromoon coming for New Zealand

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New Zealand stargazers will be in for a treat tonight.

New Zealanders will be able to see a rare lunar spectacle, not seen in our sky in more than 800 years.

The longest partial lunar eclipse visible in New Zealand since the year 1212, is set to start at 8.20pm.

The process will start with the shadow of the Earth moving across the moon’s face. It will be 97% covered with shadow by 10pm.

At that moment, the lunar surface will briefly turn red. The near-total eclipse will finish its three-and-a-half-hour journey just prior to midnight.

New Zealand will have 13 total or near-total lunar eclipses in the next 20 years.

But seven of those will be in the early hours of the morning. Four will be visible around midnight. Only only two of them will be in the evening, including this one.

For the curious, or those who cannot catch a glimpse, Nasa will livestream the event.

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