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‘Zero Shadow Day’ Shadows are disappear from India

by Soumadeep Bagchi

Imagine not being able to see your shadow in broad daylight for a few minutes. Prepare to see this event as Mumbai will experience a ‘Zero Shadow Day’ (ZSD) from May 15 to 16.


The ‘Zero Shadow’ only lasts a few minutes, according to Arvind Paranjpye, Director of Nehru Planetarium, and will be seen in numerous towns throughout Maharashtra between May 6 and May 20. It happens at the exact halfway point between dawn and dusk.


“On a certain day and at a specific moment when the sun is perfectly above, resulting in the elimination of shadow for a few minutes,” Paranjpye added, “the phenomenon can only be observed by persons residing between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.” Only places south of Bhuj, up to Kolkata, would be able to experience this, he continued.


The best way to experience this phenomenon, according to Paranjpye, is to stand or lay a vertical item in the sun during midday and watch as the shadow fades and then vanishes, only to reappearance later.


“People from South Mumbai, North Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai can experience the No Shadow Day on May 15 and 16 from roughly 12:34pm to 12:36pm, according to our mathematical estimates,” he added. Adding that there was an intentional effort to popularise such events in order to pique people’s interest in astronomy, particularly among youngsters.

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Though this phenomena happens twice a year, and Mumbai will get to see it again on July 27, scientists say summer is the greatest time to see ZSD. Because July is rainy season and the weather is overcast, there is a lower possibility of seeing your shadow vanish.


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