Blood moon to appear in Nigeria today

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Nigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for an hour, according to Professor Augustine Ubachukwu.

The much expected total lunar eclipse or rather ‘blood moon’ will be here with us.  Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century today.

Mr Ubachukwu, the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

“Nigeria is set to experience a very spectacular total lunar eclipse on Friday, July 27, weather permitting. It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11:22 p.m. This total lunar eclipse will be primarily visible from the world’s Eastern Hemisphere, which are Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Part of South America will be able to watch the final stages of the eclipse just after sunset on July 27. New Zealand will catch the beginning stages of the eclipse before sunrise on July 28. It will be the century’s longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality. It starts with a partial eclipse at 7:24 p.m. The total eclipse begins at 8.30 p.m., and ends at 10.13 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 9.22 p.m. The partial eclipse ends at 11.19 p.m.,’’ he said.

A ‘blood moon’ happens when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos.

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