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Notice: Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse on Monday

Amadin Ogbewe

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The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has announced that Nigeria will experience a total lunar eclipse on Monday along with some other countries.

Felix Alle, head, media and public communications of the agency, made this known in a statement on Friday.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth is between the sun and the moon. The sun light casts the shadow of the earth on the moon which makes the moon to look darkened. 

“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019,” the statement read.

“The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday. 

The eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday at approximately 3:36 am to reach its maximum at 6:12am and end at about 6:43am.

“The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes.”

By 4:33am, the eclipse would become partial causing the moon to look red according to Alle.

He added that “at exactly 5.41am, a maximum eclipse of the moon which may be visible to human sight will be witnessed, while the moon eclipse is expected to end at 6.43am”.

He said this year’s eclipse would be the last to be experienced until 2021.

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