Following predictions by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) that the eclipse of the sun would be experienced across the country on September 1, we present seven things you should know about the eclipse.
1.) It occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun.
2.) It can happen only at new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy
3.) Looking directly at the photosphere of the Sun (the bright disk of the Sun itself), even for just a few seconds, can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye, because of the intense visible and invisible radiation that the photosphere emits. The effects of retinal damage may not appear for hours, so there is no warning that injury is occurring
4.) Viewing the eclipse with Sunglasses do not make viewing the Sun safe; it is equally very dangerous.
5.) A total solar eclipse provides a rare opportunity to observe the corona (the outer layer of the Sun’s atmosphere)
6.) The solar eclipse of March 20, 2015, was the first occurrence of an eclipse estimated to potentially have a significant impact on the power system, with the electricity sector taking measures to mitigate any impact.
7.) It is expected to occur between 7:15am and 10:03am in Nigeria.