Wednesday, 17 August 2016

September 1 : The day Nigeria will experience annular solar eclipse

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It has been revealed that on the September 1,2016 Nigeria will be experiencing an annular solar eclipse.
This according to Guardian will be visible all over the country. It is set to occur between 7.17am and 10.03am. 

An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured either by passing into the shadow of another body or having another body pass between it and the viewer. When the moon's shadow crosses the earth's surface or when the moon moves into the earth's shadow it is called solar eclipse.

 According to the National Space Research and Development Agency(NASRDA) the highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during this natural occurrence will be in the southern part of the country particularly in Lagos where it is expected to have 80 per cent obscurity while the lowest degree of obscurity will be about 45 per cent and this will be observed in the northern part of the country, particularly in Sokoto.
It will occur in Abuja at 7:17 am.Nigerians have been warned that the eclipse is not a spiritual issue and also people should avoid looking at it with naked eyes as this could cause permanent eye damage.

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.

Millions in the US will also witness a similar situation but it will be nextyear August 21. This will be the first time it will occur in the country since 1979.


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