Nigeria To Experience Lunar Eclipse

lunar-eclipseA lunar eclipse is expected to be visible in Nigeria on Monday September 28, 2015 for five hours and eleven minutes.

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of Media and Communications at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Dr. Felix Ale, the natural occurrence will start by 1:11am and end by 6:22 am.

The lunar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the earth comes in-between the Sun and the Moon, and the Earth casts its shadow on the Moon, so that the Moon appears reddish.

The agency said the event will be visible in Abuja and in locations with the absence of cloud cover.

Other regions of the world that will experience the event include Europe, the Americas and South East Asia.

The agency advised Nigerians not to panic, and to go about their normal activities.



Unversity Don Canvasses Increased Funding For Space Research

A Professor of Communication and Satellite Technology from the University of Ilorin, Professor Tunji Ibiyemi on Friday described the federal government’s mission to transform Nigeria into one of the top economies by the year 2020 as a “mirage”.

Ibiyemi, who was speaking during the 50th anniversary lecture in commemoration of the launch of the first communication satellite, claimed that to achieve the mission, the federal government must increase funding for space research and technological development

He said Nigeria can attain true transformation when the nation’s natural resources are harnessed for developmental purposes.

He added that Nigeria needs to do more in consolidating on the gains of communication technology.

The Director General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Professor Seidu Mohammed expressed optimism, claiming that Nigeria’s prospect in achieving technological development is very bright particularly with the increased number of the global population.

The launch of SYNCOM-2 in July 1963 symbolised the beginning of technological revolutions across the globe through the application of space science and technology.

SYNCOM-2 was used to record the historic telephone conversation between the former American President John Kennedy and then Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.


Experts Urge African Countries To Improve Funds For Science research

African countries have been urged to improve the level of funding for Space Science and Technology Education to ensure it boost socio-economic development of the continent through its regional centres.

Experts from 14 countries at the 6th Consultative Meeting of the Governing Board of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English converged in Abuja to discuss this critical challenge.

Building capacities in space science and technology according to the experts will also help solve major problems of food insecurity and flooding.

Satellite communication, meteorological satellite applications are some of the most critical areas that were recommended to be taken seriously.

In developed countries the use of space science and technology has over time addressed disaster management, food security and sustainable agriculture and even security issues.

The United Nations have provided various training courses and free scholarships to encourage member nations to participate so as to promote the use of space technology in Africa.

However since the establishment of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English, experts in Africa continue to lament over paucity of funds, in spite of the numerous achievements.

The experts also recommended the following of trends in satellite communication as well as its education.

Some of the experts also say the challenge of funds for the centre, located in Obafemi Awolowo University, has had ripple effects.

The experts also noted that the centre has no library and laboratory to carry out efficient training.

Experts present at the event include the Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Mohammed Seidu, the director for the Centre for Space Science and Technology, Joseph Akinyede and the the Programme Officer for Space Relations, Sergei Chernikov.