NASA image of partial solar eclipse. Photo/Nasa.gov
NASA image of partial solar eclipse. Photo/Nasa.gov

It was a beautiful view to behold as Lagos State witnessed the much awaited partial solar eclipse of the sun on Thursday September 1, 2016 as predicted by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NSRDA).

Also regarded as the annular eclipse which occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth, and the moon fully or partially blocks (“occult’s”) the sun. This can happen only at a new moon, when the sun and the moon are in conjunction as seen from earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy.

The eclipse was captured in Lagos State, at about 8:35 a.m. though it was expected to have been seen in the city as early as 7:14 a.m. with a peak at 8:26 a.m.

Usually lasting for three minutes and six seconds at the point of maximum eclipse, the NSRDA had already warned that various cities across the country would experience different degrees of obscurity of the sun during an annular eclipse on Thursday.

The last time Nigerians witnessed the occurrence of an eclipse was 10 years ago, on March 29, 2006, though back then, some religious bodies had attributed it to the divine anger of God on Nigerians, while some even saw it as a sign of an impending apocalypse.

Before the 2006 total eclipse, an earlier total solar eclipse took place in Nigeria and along the West African coast on May 20, 1947.