Pune to witness a 'zero shadow' moment on May 13

13 May , 2017 , 10:24 AM
Pune to witness a 'zero shadow' moment on May 13
Pune to witness a 'zero shadow' moment on May 13

Pune will witness a biannual 'zero shadow' marvel on May 13 between 12 pm and 1 pm.

According to Arvind Paranjpye, director of the Nehru Planetarium, it is possible to get rid of your shadow, even if it is only for a few minutes.

Explaining the phenomenon he said, "It occurs due to the northward and southward motion of the sun and when it is positioned at 23 1/2 degree altitude, the sun's rays appear exactly overhead around noon."

"A similar situation will arise on July 30 when sun travels backward from south to north, retracing its rays. However, it will be monsoon here at that time and hence, we may not be able to witness it." Paranjpye added.

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The Zero Shadow Day will be observed in various cities between May 6 and 20. Kolhapur will have its ‘zero shadow’ moment on May 6, Miraj/Sangli on May 7, Karad on May 8, Chiplun on May 9, Solapur, Satara and Dapoli on May 10, Tuljapur and Wai on May 11, Ausa, Barshi and Baramati on May 12, Pune, Karjat and Latur on May 13 and Lonavala on May 14.

Navi Mumbai and South Mumbai residents can observe this spectacle on May 15 while Nanded , Parbhani and Ahmednagar will observe it on May 16. 

First Published: Saturday, May 13, 2017 10:08 AM
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