The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Wednesday [Aug 31] advised that Nigerians should not panic over the annular eclipse due to occur in different parts of the country.
In a statement signed by the agency’s Head of Media and Corporate Communication, Mr. Felix Ale, in Abuja, said the eclipse would be experienced between the hours of 7:15a.m. and 10:03a.m. with slight variations in actual timing across the country.
An annular eclipse, the agency said occurs when the sun and the 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.
He said: “The agency has arranged a viewing centre at the Obasanjo Space centre, along airport road, Abuja, to enable members of the public, pupils and students from various schools to view the eclipse. Ale, said the agency would provide specially designed viewing instruments for Nigerians who wish to watch the eclipse between those hours
According to him, eclipse is an astronomical event, and an occurrence of nature for man to behold but cannot be viewed with the naked eyes as this can cause permanent damage to the human eyes. Mr Felix said Lagos will also experience its first contact with the eclipse at 7:15a.m., with a maximum eclipse occurring at 8:32a.m. and ending at about 10:00a.m.
He advised the public not panic or attach any spiritual connotation to this appearance of the eclipse, as this is a natural occurrence which has been accurately predicted by science.