The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), have announced that Nigeria will experience a Lunar Eclipse on Sept. 28th.
This was contained in a statement signed and released by the Deputy Director. Media and Corporate Communications, Felix Ale, on Wednesday.
Ale says the lunar eclipse would begin on Monday September 28th 2015 from 1:11am, and will be at its maximum by 3:47 am, with its final contact at 6:22am.
The statement read, “The lunar eclipse which is also called the blood moon will be observed in some regions around the world. Some of the regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse include, Europe, South/East Asia, Africa, much of North America, much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica.
“Furthermore, the lunar eclipse will be visible in Abuja, and would begin from 1:11am, with total eclipse at 3:47am, and end by 6:22am.
“Nigerians are advised not to panic, and to go about their normal activities as it is just an astronomical event which will last for 5 hours 11 minutes,” Ale said.
Lunar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the earth comes in-between the sun and the moon, and the earth casts its shadow on the moon, so that the moon appears reddish.
A lunar eclipse is said to only occur the night of a full moon.
Unlike a solar eclipse which can only be viewed from a certain relatively small area of the world, a lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth.
A lunar eclipse lasts for a few hours, whereas a total solar eclipse lasts for only a few minutes at any given place, due to the smaller size of the Moon’s shadow.
Also unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions, as they are dimmer than the full Moon.