Solar Eclipse Expected In Nigeria On Sunday – NASRDA
By Victor Ernest with agency
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Thursday said there would be a partial Solar eclipse across the country on 26 February, 2017.
Dr Felix Ale, Head of Media and Corporate Communications, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday.
Southern Nigeria to experience 33 percent obscurity
According to Ale, the highest degree of obscurity during the occurrence will be observed in the southern part of Nigeria, particularly Port Harcourt, Uyo and Calabar.
He said these areas were expected to have about 33 percent obscurity, while the lowest degree obscurity would be about nine percent in the northern part of Nigeria, particularly in Kebbi.
Ale noted that in the South-West, the level of obscurity would be 23 percent at about 5.42 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
He, however, said it would be recording 28 to 30 percent between 4.45 p.m. and 6.33 p.m. in the South-East.
“Meanwhile, the level of obscurity in Abuja, the Federal Capital City (FCT) will be 20 percent between 4.54 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.,” he said.
Shall be observed across Nigeria
He stressed that the solar eclipse would be observed across the nation, thereby making each part of the country a great site for viewing the eclipse at different degree of obscurity.
According to him, the solar disc will be covered by the moon as seen from the earth and the eclipse will be visible as much as there is clear sky without rain or cloud.
He, however, said there was no cause for alarm or reason to panic as the solar eclipse was a natural occurrence and should be seen as part of the beauties of nature.
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