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SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 SOLAR ECLIPSE IN NIGERIA AND

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As many parts of Nigeria, Africa and parts of the world experience Solar Eclipse, i decided to gather some important information you could need at least as a reminder a day before. Although Lagos is mentioned in the report below, it will cover large sections of Nigeria from North to South.

ANNULAR/PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE – WHAT IT IS?

An annular solar eclipse will occur on September 1, 2016. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like anannulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometres wide.

1 September 2016 — Annular Solar Eclipse
The annular solar eclipse will be visible from Madagascar and locations in Central Africa. The Moon’s shadow will also cross parts of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
For most viewers in Africa, the eclipse will be a partial solar eclipse.
The eclipse will begin at 06:13 UTC on September 1, 2016. The maximum point will take place at 09:01 UTC, and the annularity will last for 3 minutes and 6 seconds.

Where to See the Eclipse
Regions seeing, at least, a partial eclipse: South in Asia, West in Australia, Much of Africa, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

cities where annular eclipse is visible
Franceville, Gabon
Mahajanga, Madagascar
Toamasina, Madagascar
Saint-Paul, Réunion (French)
Saint-Pierre, Réunion (French)

cities where partial eclipse is visible
Accra, Ghana
Lagos, Nigeria
São Tomé, Sao Tome and Principe
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Libreville, Gabon
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Brazzaville, Congo
Kinshasa, Congo Dem. Rep.
Kigali, Rwanda
Bujumbura, Burundi
Nairobi, Kenya
Dodoma, Tanzania
Lilongwe, Malawi
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Pemba, Mozambique
Moroni, Comoros
Mamoutzou, Mayotte
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Saint-Denis, Réunion (French)
Port Louis, Mauritius

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Note: Percentage values (%) relate to moon coverage of the Sun and depends on location. Visibility is weather permitting.

Is this eclipse visible in Lagos?

The annular phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Lagos, but it can be observed there as a partial solar eclipse

When the Eclipse Happens Worldwide

The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.

Event UTC Time Time in Lagos*
First location to see the partial eclipse begin 1 Sep, 06:13 1 Sep, 07:13
First location to see the full eclipse begin 1 Sep, 07:17 1 Sep, 08:17
Maximum eclipse 1 Sep, 09:01 1 Sep, 10:01
Last location to see the full eclipse end 1 Sep, 10:55 1 Sep, 11:55
Last location to see the partial eclipse end 1 Sep, 12:00 1 Sep, 13:00

* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Lagos. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its maximum, and ends, somewhere else on Earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.

EYE SAFETY

The Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Even when 99% of the Sun’s surface is obscured during the partial phases of a total eclipse, the remaining photospheric crescent is intensely bright and cannot be viewed safely without eye protection [Chou, 1981; Marsh, 1982]. Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!

 

SOURCES/REFERENCES

  1. TIMEANDDATE.COM
  2. WIKIPEDIA.ORG
  3. NASA.GOV

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