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Nigeria to experience total lunar eclipse Monday – NASRDA

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), through its Centre for Basic Space Science (CBSS) has said that there will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, January 21, 2019. Read below to find out more.

Lunar eclipse in Nigeria

In a statement, Head, Media and Corporate Communications of NASRDA, Dr Felix Ale said, the eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday, January 21, at approximately 3:36am, and reach its maximum at 6:12am, and then end at about 6:51am. The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be 3 hours 15 minutes.

The Lunar eclipse is an event which occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow. This can only be possible when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned and having the earth between them.

Giving a breakdown of the occurrence of the lunar eclipse, the NASRDA spokesperson said at about 4:33am partial eclipse will occur, with a partial moon eclipse where the moon starts getting red and 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 around the globe, the eclipse is expected to take place across North and South America, Western Europe, North and West Africa and Asia. He further stated that this will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.

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