NASRDA reveals total lunar eclipse will happen on Monday

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 31, 2018 the "super blue blood moon" is seen over Los Angeles, California. The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say. For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth's shadow from 1714 to 2328 GMT -- six hours and 14 minutes in all. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

The National Space Research and Development Agency on Friday says Nigeria will join other countries of the world to experience a total lunar eclipse on Monday.

The information was in a statement issued by Dr Felix Alle, the Head, Media and Public Communications of the agency in Abuja.

According to Alle, a lunar eclipse is a celestial incident where the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow.

He stated that “lunar eclipse occurs only when the sun, earth and moon are exactly aligned with the earth between the two.

“There will be a lunar eclipse over Nigeria on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

“The eclipse, expected to be total, will begin in the evening of Sunday and end on Monday.

“The eclipse will start across Nigeria in the early hours of Monday at approximately 3:36 am to reach its maximum

at 6:12am and end at about 6:43am.

“The total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be three hours and 15 minutes.”

The media head said that the lunar eclipse would by 4.33am become a partial eclipse, where the moon would start getting red.

He added 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”

The communications officer stated that the eclipse is expected to take place across North, South America, Western

Europe, North and West Africa and Asia.

He said that the year’s total lunar eclipse would be the last eclipse to be experienced until 2021.

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