Hyderabad Witnesses Zero Shadow Day Event, Netizens Share Images of Astronomical Phenomenon

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The sun reaches its highest position in the sky on Zero Shadow Day, reducing the length of the shadow. When people stand in this shadow, their own shadow disappears.

HYDERABAD witnessed a unique astronomical phenomenon known as ‘Zero Shadow Day’ on Tuesday at 12:12 p.m. This rare celestial event occurs twice a year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. During this period, vertical objects will not cast shadows on the ground.

Hyderabad residents shared photos and videos on their social media when there were no shadows from the sunlight.

The sun reaches its highest position in the sky on Zero Shadow Day, reducing the length of the shadow. When people stand in this shadow, their own shadow disappears.

“For people living between +23.5 and -23.5 degrees latitude, the Sun’s declination will be equal to your latitude twice: once during Uttarayan and once during Dakshinayan. On these two days, the Sun will be exactly above his head at noon and will not emit a single light”. shadow of an object on the ground,” the Indian Astronomical Society said in a statement.

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Astrophysicist Debiprosad Duari explained the phenomenon, telling the PTI news agency: “People and any objects, worldwide, that are between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn lose their shadows, albeit momentarily, twice. per year. These two moments are called zero shadow moments.”

The actual phenomenon during Zero Shadow Day lasts only a fraction of a second, but the effect can be visible for up to a minute and a half.

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Here are some reactions from Hyderabad residents on Zero Shadow Day:

#ZeroShadowDay #HyderabadHyderabad witnessed a rare phenomenon called Zero Shadow Day (May 9 at 12:12 pm) pic.twitter.com/Uk6s2VsUcL

— FaizBaig (@FaizBaig) May 9, 2023

Zero Shadow Hour #Hyderabad 12:12 to 12:14 pic.twitter.com/IjUeZt7Nj8

— Sibghat صبغت (@SibghatK) May 9, 2023

Students and staff of the Department of Astronomy at Osmania University, Hyderabad gathered to witness the astronomical phenomenon ‘Zero Shadow Day’ on May 9, 2023 at 12:12 pm @osmania1917 @prof_ravinder @KTRBRS @IAU_Extension @asipoec @awb_org @astro4edu pic.twitter.com/qv0m1BmXQu

— Dr. D. Shanti Priya/Department of Astronomy (@Shanti_Vineet) May 9, 2023

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