Annular Eclipse Will Hit Nigeria Tomorrow, But Fear Not – NASRDA Warns

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA), has announced that Nigerians will witness Annular Solar Eclipse between 7:15am – 10:00am tomorrow, Thursday 1st September, 2016.

In a statement signed by Dr Felix Ale, the Head of Media and Corporate Communications of NSRDA,  the agency has arranged viewing centers to enable members of the public, pupils and students, with specially designed viewing instruments, adding that the eclipse cannot be viewed with the naked eyes as this could cause permanent damage to human eyes.

Lagos will experience its first contact with the eclipse at 7:15 am with a maximum eclipse at 8:32am and ending at about 10:00am. We advise the public not to panic or attach any spiritual connotation to the eclipse, as it is a natural occurrence which had been predicted by science.

In Abuja, there will be a partial eclipse with an obscurity of 60% and the first contact will be at about 7:17am, with maximum eclipse at 8:32am and the last at 10:00am.”

The last time Nigerians witnessed the occurrence of an eclipse was 10 years ago, on March 29, 2006, though back then, some religious bodies had attributed it to the divine anger of God on Nigerians while some even saw it as a sign of an impending apocalypse.

Before the 2006 total eclipse, an earlier total solar eclipse took place in Nigeria and along West African coast on May 20, 1947.

Annular Solar Eclipses have often been seen as or the anger of the gods, but it is believed that the real reason for the erratic occurrence of solar eclipses on Earth may finally have been solved because research has confirmed that annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.

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