Thursday, 1 September 2016

UNN Staff, Students View Annular Eclipse with Shades

Staff and students of the University of Nigeria, gathered at the field of Christ Church Chapel, UNN to observe the September 1, 2016 annular eclipse which was predicted by scientists.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group of the university led by Prof. Augustine Ubachukwu had informed members of the university community that the eclipse would be partial in the south eastern part of Nigeria. The research group also provided observers with Eclipse Shades manufactured in the United States by Rainbow Symphony. 

Prominent among the observers, who gathered at the venue as early as 7:30am, were the Registrar of the university, Barr. Chris Igbokwe; Deputy Vice-Chancellors-Prof. Charles Igwe (Administration); Prof. James Ogbonna (Academic)- and a host of other Professors mainly from the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Prof Igwe said that observing the eclipse was both scientific and fun. “The observatory arrangement by our Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group shows that our scientists are working, I am very proud of them”, said the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).
Prof James Ogbonna said the experience was beautiful. He recalled that in his primary school days, he and other pupils used to observe eclipse with water in a white basin. “Today Technology has made it easier”, he said. The DVC (Academic) commended the research group for sensitising the university community on the eclipse and for providing the Eclipse Shades for viewers.
The Coordinator of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group, Prof. Ubachukwu said the full effect of the partial eclipse took effect around 8:00am after which the separation started
He said it was necessary to inform people about the effect of the eclipse to avoid the impression that the world was coming to an end.
Annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers the Sun's centre, leaving the Sun's visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.
Like total solar eclipses, Scientists said annular solar eclipses could be seen as partial eclipses from locations inside its penumbra, but outside it's antumbra
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