The National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) had announced that the country will experience eclipse of the sun today, September 1. However, experts have warned against watching it with naked eyes as this could be very injurious to the vision.
Nigerians are expected to meet at various locations in the country to view the exciting phenomenon but the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, warned against viewing the eclipse with naked eyes.
NARSDA confirmed earlier reports said yesterday that the highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during this natural occurrence would be in the southern part of the country. Particularly, obscurity is expected to be 80 per cent in Lagos.
According to Prof. Ubachukwu, in a circular to the university community;
“On September 1, 2016, the moon will pass in front of the sun, creating a brilliant ring of sunlight visible from Nsukka.
“When the moon creates a ring of sunlight during an eclipse, instead of completely blocking the solar disk, it is known as an annular eclipse. And although the September 1 event won’t be a total eclipse of the sun (from south eastern part of the country), it will still be a stunning sight of partial solar eclipse.
“For those interested in watching this eclipse event, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of this university is making special viewing glasses (eclipse glass) available at the Christ Church Chapel field, UNN, starting by 7.30 a.m. Please never look directly at the sun with your unprotected eyes.
“Viewers will be able to see the moon cross paths with the sun on September 1 (Thursday) between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.”
The eclipse, which is described as ‘annular’ will be observed as a partial or near-total one across the country with the Federal Capital Territory expected to record about 60 per cent darkness.