Annular eclipse

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), has announced that an annular eclipse will be visible all over the country on Thursday, September 1.

Annular eclipse is the eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon. An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun, hence, the sun appears as a very bright ring or annulus surrounding the dark disk of the moon.

In a press statement, the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr Felix Ale, said the highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during this natural occurrence would be in the Southern part of the country, particularly in Lagos

The annular eclipse is expected to occur between 7.15 a.m. and 10.03 a.m., with slight variations in actual timing across the country.

In Lagos, the first contact will occur at about 7.15 a.m., while the maximum eclipse will occur around 8.30 a.m. and will end by 10.03 a.m.

The eclipse is expected to commence in Abuja around 7.17 a.m., with maximum eclipse to be recorded at about 8.32 a.m. and the eclipse will end around 10.00 a.m.

NASRDA appealed to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, it is also necessary to advise that nobody should observe eclipse with naked eyes.

Looking at the solar eclipse with naked eyes can lead to permanent damage to the eyes, as the obstruction does not reduce the luminosity of the sun.

Therefore, NASRDA has also concluded arrangements to provide limited number of special solar filters to members of the public to savour the rare natural occurrence in appreciation of science and nature.


Culled from NASRDA report