The Director-General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Halilu Shaba has said that the first total lunar eclipse of the year 2022, will occur globally on Monday, May 16, 2022.
The total lunar eclipse, according to the Director-General, would be visible throughout Nigeria.
It would occur in other countries in Africa, North and South America, Europe, and some parts of Asia.
The NASRDA boss explained that the Lunar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs whenever the Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon.
Dr. Shaba stated that lunar eclipses had overages, inspired awe, and also created fear in some cases as a result of the blood-red colour the moon turns to during a total lunar eclipse.
He, however, urged the general public to be at ease as there is no cause for alarm, stating that the refraction of light from planet earth around the edges of the atmosphere while falling upon the moon’s surface, is the reason the moon becomes reddish in colour.