Nigerians Share Photos Of Sun Halo, Claim It Is Partial Eclipse

Nigerians Share Photos Of Sun Halo, Claim It Is Partial Eclipse

  • Some Nigerians who saw what they thought was the eclipse of the sun on Monday, April 8, shared photos of it as they witnessed it
  • Also, some captured videos of the rare solar occurrence and posted them on social media, including X
  • Some of the videos and photos shared online were captured in Oyo and Kano states, where residents witnessed it

Photos and videos on social media show that some Nigerians could view what they thought was a solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

However, what they saw was a sun halo.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, a total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and temporarily blocks the sun's face.

Partial solar eclips sighted in Nigeria.
Some netizens reported that the crescent-shaped partial eclipse was visible in parts of Kano. Photo: X/Taofeek Ibrahim and Getty Images/Chicago Tribune. Viewers' photo used for illustration only.
Source: UGC

According to the National Weather Service, a sun halo is a ring of light that forms around the sun or moon as the sun's or moon's light refracts off ice crystals in a thin veil of cirrus clouds.

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While it was calculated to be total in Mexico’s Pacific, Canada, and more than 10 US states, some Nigerians reported seeing it partially.

Some Nigerians in Oyo and Kano states shared images online, indicating they saw the partial eclipse.

An X user, Sky Girl, shared a video of the partial eclipse reportedly recorded in Kano state.

She stated:

"Look up, everybody!! Look up it’s happening."

Another viewer, Ahmad EO Abdulbaqi, was also able to capture an image of the crescent-shaped partial eclipse in Kano state.

Photographer Taofeek Ibrahim shared another photo which he said was captured in Irepo local government of Oyo state.

See the photos below:

Reactions to solar eclipse

@Merald__Ayomi asked:

"I thought they said we could get blind if we look at it?"

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@Abdurra87100463 said:

"The main reason why I feel the month of Ramadan will complete 30."

@agba_friyoyo said:

"Maybe the area because I no understand. Where I am currently, the sun can boil egg."

@dimejitiamiyu01 said:

"Noticed a brief darkness, but eclipse we no see."

GMET issues weather advice

Meanwhile, reported that the Ghana Meteorological Agency warned Ghanaians to prepare for increased hot weather.

The agency expects temperatures to peak hot in March as temperatures increase over the next two months.

According to a statement from the agency, this will be as the sun moves towards the equator.

It advised Ghana residents to take several precautions, including wearing sunscreen and light clothing.


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