Bhubaneswar Witnesses Rare Celestial Event ‘Zero Shadow Day’

Bhubaneswar: The residents of Bhubaneswar have witnessed the ‘zero shadow day’, a celestial event, in the city today.

A large number of people, including children thronged the Pathani Samanta Planetarium to witness the rare event.

“Today, the Sun reached exactly overhead at (11:43 a.m.) in Bhubaneswar and the shadow of any vertical object disappeared at that instant. Zero Shadow Day occurs twice a year in a particular place, said Subhendu Patnaik, deputy director, Pathani Samanta Planetarium.

The phenomenon was observed for 2 to 3 minutes in the city. Cuttack city will witness the Zero Shadow Day on May 22 at 11.30 a.m., he said.

Zero shadow day is a special celestial event that occurs twice a year. During this time, no shadows appear of any object or living being when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.

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