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Solar phenomenon casts no shadows

  • Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 21 2012   /  09:26 am

Replica: The Khatulistiwa Monument stands in the heart of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, ready for visitors for the solar culmination on March 21 to 23. The visible columns are replicas of the original monument, built in 1928. JP/Severianus EndiThe atmosphere seemed quiet at the Equatorial (Khatulistiwa) Monument in North Pontianak, West Kalimantan on Monday. Despite being only two days ahead of the equatorial culmination phenomenon, preparation activities were not yet noticeable in the complex located on Jl. Khatulistiwa in the city.

“Preparations for the culmination event will be carried out tomorrow,” Pontianak Tourism Office technical implementation unit head Misbar said.

Solar culmination is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun is exactly located directly over the equator, to the extent that every shadow of objects on the earth’s surface disappears. Shadows...