Japan awaits first total lunar eclipse in 3 years

People across Japan are waiting for the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years to unfold on Wednesday night.

In a lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and moon all align, resulting in the moon being covered by the Earth's shadow.

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan says the phenomenon will begin at around 6:44 p.m. local time on Wednesday, across the nation.

It adds that the full eclipse will occur between 8:09 and 8:28 p.m. in the southeastern sky. The moon will glow dark red during that time.

The eclipse will end at around 9:53 p.m.

Japan experienced its last total lunar eclipse in July 2018.

During the eclipse, the moon will seem enlarged because it will be in its closest position to Earth. Known as a "super moon", it appears 14 percent larger compared to when it is furthest away from Earth.

The Observatory's Associate Professor Yamaoka Hitoshi encourages people to watch the cosmic show if the weather is fine, particularly as they will not have to stay up late or wake up early to witness it. He added that he hopes the event will spark people's interest in outer space.