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No-shadow: Clouds play spoilsport

OVERCAST SKY deprived the astronomers and other enthusiasts the rare opportunity to watch objects without shadow as the Sun entered the Tropic of Cancer at 12.27 pm at Dongla village in Ujjain district on the summer solstice today.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 14:55 IST

OVERCAST SKY deprived the astronomers and other enthusiasts the rare opportunity to watch objects without shadow as the Sun entered the Tropic of Cancer at 12.27 pm at Dongla village in Ujjain district on the summer solstice today.

Nonetheless, the astronomers managed to get two coordinates, said one Sanjay Kethwas. Calculations of time and distance could be made even though all the seven coordinates were not available due to cloudy sky.

The Vakankar Trust, which has discovered the spot,  expressed happiness over the presence of a large number of people who surged to watch the phenomenon.

Observatory in-charge Bhagwan Chetani and others guided the visitors how to observe the astronomical change. Ever since the observatory was established at the spot, local villagers have been witnessing the no-shadow phenomenon on June 21, claimed Dongla panchayat secretary Babulal Patel.

The no-shadow situation arises at this spot at 12.27 noon when the Sun remains exactly perpendicular to the Earth while entering the tropic of cancer on June 21. 

Archeological expert Raman Solanki said village Dongla has latitude of 23.26 degree, the highest level from where the Sun starts moving towards the north hemisphere.

The latitude of the tropic of cancer that is 23.30 degrees is at the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple situated at Mahidpur . This temple was built in Maratha tenure, some 300 years back and is now under the supervision of the government.

Professor Janardan Negi of the MP Council of Science and Technology (MPCOST) had taken measurements here last year with the GPS instrument, added Solanki.      

The Trust also organised a function at the venue where speakers expressed the hope that the observatory would attract more astronomers in coming years. The state and Central governments were urged to take interest in developing and projecting the spot.

Trust associates Ashok Sohni, Parag Abhyankar, Omprakash Agrawal, Jila Panchayat president Kansingh Rathore were prominently present on the occasion.