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Total lunar eclipse to happen on Monday -NASRDA

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), says Nigeria along with some countries of the world would experience a total lunar eclipse on Monday 21st of January 2019.

The Head, Media and Corporate Communications of the agency in Abuja, Dr Felix Ale who issued out the information in a statement indicated that the lunar eclipse will begin in the evening of Sunday 20th and end on Monday 21st of January.

According to the Media Head, The Lunar eclipse is an event which occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow.

He said this can only be possible when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned and having the earth between them.

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. Ale said.

According to Dr. Ale, the total duration of the occurrence over Nigeria will be 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Contained in the statement, the NASRDA spokesperson gave a breakdown of the occurrence of the lunar eclipse on Monday over Nigeria.

At about 4:33am partial eclipse will occur, with a partial moon eclipse where the moon starts getting red. 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. Ale said.

He further said that the eclipse is expected to take place across North and South America, Western Europe, North and West Africa and Asia.

The statement also revealed that this will be the last total Lunar eclipse experienced until 2021.

Source: Voice of Nigeria