"Although there is a lunar eclipse visible from New Zealand every couple of years, on average, being located in the right place to see a celestial peculiarity like a selenelion is much less frequent, and very few people have witnessed one".
You don't need any kind of special equipment in order to see the Blood Moon 2018 on July 27 as it will be visible from the naked eye.
Mid-eclipse is at 21.21 BST and the "total" phase of the eclipse ends at 22.13. Remember, the scale is for unaided-eye estimates; binoculars or telescopes make the eclipsed Moon appear brighter. At 2.45 am the total eclipse will end.
However, this latest research paper lists a series of arguments showing that life could have endured on the lunar surface and not be immediately wiped off four billion and 3.5 billion years ago.
The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.
The moon is at its farthest distance away from Earth during this eclipse, so this will be a Blood Micro Moon, meaning it will appear smaller in the sky.
Dr Duncan Steel, of Otago's Centre for Space Science Technology, said this might be figured impossible, given an eclipse occurred when the sun, Earth and moon were all in a straight line.
The reason for this is that the only light reaching the Moon will have been passed through the Earth's atmosphere.
Total lunar eclipses and total solar eclipses are essentially the reverse of one another; the difference is the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon. The total duration of the eclipse is six hours and 14 minutes of which the full eclipse will account for one hour and 43 minutes, officials said.
Awareness sessions will be organised in schools, colleges and wherever possible in the state.
In the United Kingdom, the blood moon will take place on the night of Friday the 27th July 2018.
Lunar eclipses are less common than solar ones but can be seen by more of the Earth. The next lunar eclipse of such a length is due in 2123.
A blue moon is when two full moons happen in the same month.
By around 12.30am on Saturday, the moon will completely move out of the Earth's shadow, glowing its usual white colour.
Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.