Space Club FUTA Hosts 2016 Solar Eclipse Viewing


The Space Club of the Federal University of Technology under the University Centre for Space Research and Applications in conjunction with the Nigeria Chapter of Universe Awareness and Astronomers without Borders is organizing a safe viewing of the September 1 Solar Eclipse in the University. An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and 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.
The highest degree of obscurity in Nigeria during the annular eclipse would be in the Southern part of Nigeria.  The eclipse is expected to occur in Akure between 7:15am to 9:55am local time [UTC+1.0] max 65% at 8:28am. The viewing which is set to commence around 7am on Sunday, September 1, 2016 at hilltop, Federal University of Technology, Akure will provide Solar Glasses for School students and other enthusiasts in order to ensure safety.

According to a statement released by the Head, Media and Corporate Communications of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Felix Ale; it warns that the eclipse is not a spiritual issue but a natural occurrence that can be accurately predicted by science. It warned that nobody should observe eclipse with naked eyes as such act can lead to permanent damage to the eyes.
The last time Nigeria experienced an eclipse was in 2013.

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