People across New Zealand and around the world stayed up Wednesday to watch a cosmic event called a super blood moon, a combination of a total lunar eclipse and a brighter-than-usual supermoon.
The deep red moon was visible at different times in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and South America when the sun, Earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting Earth's shadow on the moon.
Viewers will need no protective eye gear to observe the spectacle -- unlike when watching a solar eclipse.
Clouds might spoil the party for Bengalureans who wish to view the lunar eclipse and the blood moon on Friday night. The meteorological department has predicted a light cloud cover.
A partial Lunar eclipse will precede and follow during the entire phase, each lasting one hour and six minutes.
During both periods, planetary scientists think the Moon was spewing out large quantities of superheated volatile gases, including water vapour, from its interior.
If skies remain clear, you can take a close look at the unusual lunar eclipse on July 27-28 at High Grounds planetarium; totality will last for one hour forty three minutes.