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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 21:00:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 21:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 15' North, Longitude: 135° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.65 meters/second, 1611.5 km/hour, 1001.4 miles/hour or 870.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.69 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 minorth16.69 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.3"1001.17 miwest0° 00' 45.0"0.86 minorth1001.14 mi
24 hours0° 01' 41.3"1.88 miwest0° 17' 53.0"20.49 minorth20.58 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 21:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 25° 03' South, Longitude: 87° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 405.09 meters/second, 1458.3 km/hour, 906.2 miles/hour or 787.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"15.10 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth15.10 mi
1 hour14° 27' 10.3"905.76 miwest0° 01' 02.5"1.20 minorth905.83 mi
24 hours12° 51' 58.6"806.41 mieast1° 01' 39.5"70.73 minorth812.82 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluSat 11:00 AM2431 km1511 miles1313 nmWest-northwest WNW
Los Angeles *Sat 2:00 PM2724 km1693 miles1471 nmNortheast NE
KiritimatiSun 11:00 AM2795 km1737 miles1509 nmWest-southwest WSW
San Francisco *Sat 2:00 PM2819 km1751 miles1522 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HermosilloSat 2:00 PM2968 km1844 miles1602 nmNortheast NE
Las Vegas *Sat 2:00 PM3087 km1918 miles1667 nmNortheast NE
PhoenixSat 2:00 PM3121 km1939 miles1685 nmNortheast NE
Salt Lake City *Sat 3:00 PM3650 km2268 miles1971 nmNortheast NE
Seattle *Sat 2:00 PM3797 km2359 miles2050 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Sat 4:00 PM3911 km2430 miles2112 nmEast-northeast ENE
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