Blood MoonNigeria will on Friday night experience a spectacular total lunar eclipse, which will last for one hour if weather permits. It will be visible from 9:30.p.m. and last till 11: 220 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.According to the leader of Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu, It will be the century’s longest total lunar eclipse with a whopping one hour and 43 minutes in totality. It will start 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. The scientist said during a total lunar eclipse, the earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the moon, while the only light reflected from the lunar surface would be refracted by earth’s atmosphere. According to him, unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to view without any eye protection or special precautions as they appear dimmer than the full moon. The professor, however, said that the next total lunar eclipse that would be visible in Nigeria would occur on Jan. 21, 2019.