An annular eclipse will occur in all parts of the country with different degrees of totality on Thursday September 1st. The last time Nigeria experienced an eclipse was in 2013.
According to reports, by the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Felix Ale, 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.
The 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. 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. The statement warns that the eclipse is not a spiritual issue but a natural occurrence that can be accurately predicted by science.
It warned that nobody should observe eclipse with naked eyes as such act can lead to permanent damage to the eyes.
The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Simphiwe Madlanga explains why our side of the world won’t have a total eclipse. Stating that ”we are in the Southern Hemisphere and the angle is such that we only receive a section of the sunlight. But further North, in terms of the latitude lines, you will get places were there might be a total.”