Lagos - The much awaited solar eclipse has refused to appear in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos State.
Lagosians woke up this morning expecting to see a solar eclipse but instead the cloud opened up for the rains.
As at the time of this report, it was raining heavily with no sign of solar eclipse anywhere in the cosmopolitan.
The National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA) on Wednesday urged the public not to panic over the Annular Eclipse which will be experienced between the hours of 7:15am and 10:03am on Thursday, September 1 with slight variations in actual timing across the country.
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In a press statement by the Head of Media and Corporate Communications, Dr Felix Ale, the Agency appealed to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, urging them not to observe the eclipse with naked eyes, as this can cause damage.
According to the statement, in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, there will be a partial eclipse, with an obscurity of 60 per cent, and the first contact at about 7:17am, with maximum eclipse at 8:32am and end at 10:00am.
Also, Lagos will experience its first contact with the eclipse at 7:15am, with a maximum eclipse occurring at 8:32am and ending at about 10:00am.
- News 24