Bengaluru Set for Second Zero Shadow Day on August 18

Bengaluru experiences the rare Zero Shadow Day on August 18, 2023, at 12:24 PM. Sun directly overhead creates intriguing shadow effects, marking the second occurrence this year.

Bengaluru anticipates its second Zero Shadow Day of 2023 on August 18 at 12:24 PM. The Sun directly overhead will make shadows vanish temporarily, revealing Earth’s axial tilt intricacies.

The phenomenon of Zero Shadow Day, an intriguing celestial event, is about to grace Bengaluru for the second time in 2023 on August 18. Occurring exclusively in regions between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, within the latitude range of 23.5 to -23.5 degrees, this rare event is set to transpire precisely at 12:24 PM. During this phenomenon, the Sun will be situated directly overhead, resulting in a peculiar effect where people walking on the streets will find their shadows nearly imperceptible, and stationary objects will fail to cast shadows unless they are in motion.

Zero Shadow Day: Bengaluru to witness the 2nd astronomical miracle of 2023 on August 18


This phenomenon is intricately tied to Earth’s axial tilt of 23.5 degrees, which causes the Sun’s position in the sky to shift throughout the year, leading to diverse seasons. Zero Shadow Days occur due to the unique alignment of the Sun and the Earth’s position, leading to the disappearance or near-vertical casting of shadows. Notably, this phenomenon happened earlier in the year on April 18 at 12:17 PM and is scheduled to occur again in Hyderabad on August 3 at 12:23 PM.

Observers in Bengaluru will experience the gradual fading of shadows as the solar noon approaches. Everyday objects such as bottles, torchlights, and poles will exhibit diminishing shadow lengths, culminating in the total absence of shadows around 12:24 PM. This fleeting moment, termed the Zero Shadow time, showcases the Sun reaching the zenith, its highest point in the sky, resulting in shadows aligning perfectly beneath objects and individuals.

Overall, the phenomenon of Zero Shadow Day highlights the captivating interplay between Earth’s position, the Sun’s rays, and the resultant absence of shadows, offering a unique opportunity for observation and reflection on the complexities of our planet’s celestial mechanics.

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