Witness the rare ‘zero shadow moment’ tomorrow in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: People in different parts of Odisha are all set to witness the “Zero Shadow Day”- an interesting celestial phenomenon this week.

The “Zero Shadow Day” is a phenomenon which occurs twice in a year. It takes place when the sun is at a 90- degree angle to the Earth’s surface or when the sun is just overhead. This moment makes the person’s or any object’s shadow completely disappear for few minutes.

While the phenomenon can be witnessed in different locations on different dates and time, residents of Bhubaneswar can have a glimpse of it at 11.43 am on Monday.

While people in Cuttack will be able to see it on May 22, residents in Burla can witness the event on May 28 and those in Rourkela on June 2

– Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium Subhendu Pattnaik.

“There would be no shadows of objects for few minutes since the Sun would be exactly over our heads,” he said.

There are two ZSDs every year at different point on Earth between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

“People, especially students are being encouraged not to miss this opportunity as it will be a very learnable thing on several aspects like apparent movements of Sun (Uttarayana/ Dakshinayana) between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn,” Pattnaik said.

Arrangements have been made at planetariums in Bhubaneswar and Burla where students and enthusiasts can witness this rare phenomenon and experience science behind it.