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The moon will look its darkest between 1.52am and 2.43am, thereafter remaining partially eclipsed till 3.49am.

NIGHT sky watchers are in for a treat this Friday evening - cloudless skies permitting - as the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21 century is expected to occur.

So the Moon during the Eclipse can be red, brown, copper-red or even orange. Remember a lunar eclipse is when the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light from reflecting off the moon.

In fact it is caused by sunlight being filtered through the Earth's atmosphere so that red colours predominate when it reaches the lunar surface.

In fact it will be this century's longest lunar eclipse and will be able to be seen across Thailand on July 27-28 between 00.14-6.10 am.

This particular eclipse will be the longest because it's happening at the same time the moon hits its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth in the moon's orbit, according to EarthSky.

"The next total lunar eclipse on January 21, 2019, will be only for one hour and two minutes because it will pass to the north of the shadow's centre", Duari added.The eclipse will be visible from countries in Africa, Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. Asia, Indonesia and Australia will see it between midnight and sunrise Saturday.

North America, much of the Pacific Ocean and most of the Arctic won't see a thing - but live streams and photos from around the world will share the splendor. Lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye, although budding astronomers might prefer to use binoculars or a telescope. The moon appears to turn deep red or reddish brown.

- We were lucky in Ukraine can be observed in nearly all phases of the total lunar Eclipse. The moon will start to turn red from about 5.30am. The lunar passage will mark the total eclipse of the moon - a celestial event which happens about twice a year on an average.

Be very afraid - a "blood moon" is coming, accompanied by Mars, the God of War, shining more fiercely than it has for years.

Mars will actually be at its closest approach since 2003 on July 30 and 31, at 35.78 million miles away.

"This is what is called the first contact when the partial lunar eclipse begins", said the Hyderabad centre's statement.