Aizawl, Agartala to have ‘no shadow’ moment in June

GUWAHATI, May 29 – It is said that one’s shadow never leaves a person. However, twice a year exactly such a phenomenon takes place for those residing in places located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer.

And people living in Agartala in Tripura and Aizawl in Mizoram among some other places in the North East will experience this ‘Moment of Zero Shadow’ in early and mid-June.

Arvind Paranjpye, Director of Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai, told The Assam Tribune that in Agartala, which is located “almost on the Tropic of Cancer one can see the zero shadow moment every day from June 18 to June 23 at 11:26 IST (or 11.26 am).”

“So is true for Aizawl, but being slightly east of Agartala, it will happen five minutes early at 11:21 IST (or 11:21 am),” Paranjpye said in an email interaction.

However, people in Guwahati and other parts of Assam will not be able to experience the zero shadow moment or the Zero Shadow Day (ZSD). “Guwahati being well above Tropic of Cancer, the sun will not come overhead and there will be not a moment of zero shadow,” Paranjpye said.

Among other places, Paranjpye said in Saiha (Mizoram), the moment of zero shadow will be at 11:19 am on June 2 and in Lunglei (Mizoram) it will take place at 11:18 am on June 3.

“All one needs to do is to keep a vertical object in the sun and watch its shadow falling right below it and then vanishing for about a minute or so,” Paranjpye said.

~ Assam Tribune
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