Annular eclipse to occur all over Nigeria on September 1st

An annular eclipse will occur in all parts of the country with
different degrees of totality on Thursday September 1st . This is
according to a statement released by the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Felix Ale yesterday August 16th.
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.

According to the statement, the highest degree of obscurity in
Nigeria during the annular eclipse would be in the Southern part of
Nigeria, particularly in Lagos, where it was expected to have 80 per cent obscurity, while the lowest degree of obscurity would be about 45 per cent and this would be observed in the Northern part of the country, particularly in Sokoto. in Abuja, the annular eclipse
will be observed at about 60%.

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.

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. 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 Space agency appealed to the general public not to panic or
attach any mystical interpretations to this event

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