Bengaluru To Experience ‘Zero Shadow Day’ Today; More About This Celestial Event Inside

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Bengaluru To Experience ‘Zero Shadow Day’ Today; More About This Celestial Event Inside

After Mumbai and Hyderabad, Bengaluru will be experiencing ‘Zero Shadow Day’ on August 18, today. The city is gearing up to witness this unique celestial event soon. The same phenomenon occurred about some months ago in April, which makes today the second time this city will witness it. The event will take place at 12:24 pm today. But what is this phenomenon, and how does it occur? Here’s more about it. 

Bengaluru To Experience ‘Zero Shadow Day’ Today

The celestial event ‘Zero Shadow Day’ occurs in regions that fall between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Scientifically, the event takes place twice a year at these places. 

Today, for the second time in 2023, Bengaluru is all set to witness this event at 12:24 pm. The time of this celestial event was determined by Alok Mandavgane, who is an astronomer. At this time, the sun will be positioned directly overhead, and this fleeting celestial moment will take place. 

During this moment, all vertical objects and even people will cast no shadow on the surface of the earth. You will not be able to see your own shadow once the sun reaches the zenith. You will have to jump to see your shadow. 

 Also Read: After Nationwide Hunt, A 23-YO Kanpur Gamer Is Now Indias Youngest Chief Gaming Officer

What Is This Phenomenon?

Bengaluru had witnessed ‘Zero Shadow Day’ on April 18, earlier this year. The moment occurred at 12:17pm with vertical objects losing their shadow for the moment. This celestial event took place in Hyderabad at 12:23 pm on August 9 and on May 9 as well. 

This event occurs twice a year in locations that fall between +23.5 and -23.5 degrees latitude. What happens during this event is that the sun reaches its peak elevation, which causes individuals and shadows to cast no shadow. 

The sun’s path across the sky changes over a period of time. When the sun reaches its peak, a person’s shadow aligns perfectly beneath them. According to the National Geographic, the distance between north and south of the equator is measured by latitude. The same is determined by parallels, which are imaginary lines that encircle the earth in an east-west direction. 

 Also Read: Desi Dad’s EPIC Cooking Instruction While Placing An Order Goes Viral, Netizens Say ‘Bas Itni Pohoch Chahiye’

Did you witness it?

Cover Image Courtesy: Media Library