Zero Shadow Day

  • At 12:17 PM IST on April 25, Bengaluru and at all places along the 130 north Latitude experienced a ‘Zero Shadow Day’.

About ‘Zero Shadow Day’(ZSD)

  • A ZSD is a day on which the Sun does not cast a shadow of an object at solar noon, when the sun will be exactly at the zenith position(highest point in the sky)
  • ZSD happens twice a year for locations between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
  • One ZSD falls during Uttarayan (movement of the Sun from south to north from winter solstice to summer solstice) and one other during Dakshinayan (back from north to south).
    • The dates will vary for different locations on Earth.
  • Uttarayan and Dakshinayan happen because Earth’s rotation axis is tilted at an angle of roughly 23.5° to the axis of revolution around the Sun.
  • When the Sun is at the zenith its rays make the shadow exactly under it, making it look like no shadow.
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