Hongkongers would do well to tear their eyes away from their smartphones and cast them upwards tonight as the city experiences its first lunar eclipse since April last year. Night sky enthusiasts have been advised by the local observatory to wait at spots with an unobstructed views to the east – such as Shek O High, Island Reservoir and on top of Tai Mo Sha from 6pm this evening to witness the event visible only to twenty capital cities across the globe. Those wanting a more close-up view should head over to the Avenues of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui from 6.30pm to 9.35pm, where the Space Museum will issue free telescopes and employees will be on hand to offer guidance. The eclipse is the second to have taken place in a series of four – after which astronomy buffs will have to wait a further twenty years or so for the next one. Last year three thousand people attended the Space Museum’s moon watching event, and this year should draw similar numbers. The eclipse – which occurs when the moon enters the Earth’s shadow – will not render the moon invisible as refracted sunlight from the atmosphere will cover the shadow cone. However, stargazers will be able to witness the moon turning a reddish hue – a feature caused by the effect of those sunrays that has inspired some observers to label the event a”blood moon”. While some Hongkongers will be eager to witness an event that won’t reoccur until April 4, next year, more superstitious folks may prefer to stay indoors. Many cultures across the globe regard full moon eclipses as a bad omen.