Residents of the ancient city of Ibadan will tomorrow (Sunday) witness a solar eclipse, 6 years after it last occurred in Nigeria. The eclipse according to the National Biotechnical Development Agency (NASRDA) will be characterised by a flush of sunlight and mild darkness during its peak.
The agency has therefore made available at its headquarters, sunglasses, which will serve as filters for the effect of the sun.
Commenting on the eclipse, the Director General of the agency, Dr Saidu Mohammed enjoined residents of the city to be calm as it would also be occurring across the country and other parts of the world.
“It will be like any other day, but its effect will be felt at its peak. It is recommended you wear sunglasses. There is no need to panic,” the DG said.
In Ibadan, the eclipse will start by 12.52 p.m, the maximum level will be witnessed by 2.32 p.m and it will end 4.01 p.m.
Many young residents expressed their eagerness about the eclipse.
“I am looking forward to it, all my friends are,” said Tunde Akinosun, a teenager.
He said he didn’t observe the eclipse the last time it happened but will do so on Sunday.
“I’ve only heard about it during classes; but I will be glad to see it this time. I’ve gotten my sunglasses and we are having a viewing event in our house,” he said.
Although eclipse of the sun has been associated with all forms of spirituality, experts believe the event is entirely geographic.
It is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object/objects is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer as seen from the earth.
In Abuja, the eclipse will begin by 1:03 p.m. It will be at its maximum by 2.40 p.m and it will end by 4.03 p m in the evening. In Lagos, it will begin by 12.50 p.m, its maximum level will take place by 2.40 p.m and end by 4.01p.m.
In Port Harcourt, the eclipse will begin by 1.03 p.m, its maximum will be experienced by 2.43 p.m and by 4.09 p.m, it will end. In Uyo, the eclipse will begin by 1.06 p.m, its maximum will be experienced by 2.45 p.m and by 4.10 p.m, it will end.
In Enugu, the eclipse will begin by 1.04 p.m, its maximum will be experienced by 2.43 p.m and by 4.07 p.m, it will end and in Kano, the eclipse will begin by 1.07 p.m, its maximum will be experienced by 2.40 p.m and by 4.01 p.m, it will end.