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A partial solar eclipse is anticipated to occur in most states of Nigeria at about noon today. The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) made the prediction at a press conference held in Abuja over the weekend.
The director-general of the agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed, described eclipse as a natural astronomical event with no significant negative implication, and urged Nigerians to remain calm as the eclipse will not hinder normal activities.
His words: “Nigeria is within the penumbra region where you’ll have partial eclipse on November 3, 2013. As an astronomical agency, we have taken time to inform Nigerians of the eclipse, which will take place on Sunday, because it is our duty to keep the nation informed of such developments. We urge Nigerians to remain calm as there is no need to panic.
“November 3rd will be like any other day; it will not hinder signal from the satellite, so mobile signal will not be affected, our internet and other facilities will be operating and it will not even affect flights; nothing out of the ordinary is expected to occur apart from a shadow bend which will be felt just at the time we predicted.
We have predicted the starting time and when it will end, which is around 4pm in most cities.”
Speaking in the same vein, the director, centre for basic space science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Fidelis Opara, explained that an eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object 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