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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 Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 09:00:00 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 Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 09:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 24' North, Longitude: 44° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.33 meters/second, 1610.4 km/hour, 1000.7 miles/hour or 869.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.68 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.68 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.1"1000.45 miwest0° 00' 44.6"0.85 minorth1000.42 mi
24 hours0° 01' 37.3"1.80 miwest0° 17' 45.4"20.35 minorth20.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 09:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 42' South, Longitude: 85° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 406.58 meters/second, 1463.7 km/hour, 909.5 miles/hour or 790.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"15.16 miwest0° 00' 02.5"0.05 minorth15.16 mi
1 hour14° 27' 50.5"909.09 miwest0° 02' 39.1"3.04 minorth909.26 mi
24 hours12° 33' 07.0"789.00 mieast1° 37' 39.3"112.01 minorth801.88 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SanaSun 12:00 Noon6 km4 miles3 nmSouthwest SW
Al HudaydahSun 12:00 Noon155 km96 miles84 nmWest-southwest WSW
Ta'izzSun 12:00 Noon203 km126 miles109 nmSouth S
AdenSun 12:00 Noon294 km183 miles159 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AssabSun 12:00 Noon310 km193 miles167 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Khamis MushaitSun 12:00 Noon361 km224 miles195 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ObockSun 12:00 Noon393 km244 miles212 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TadjouraSun 12:00 Noon426 km265 miles230 nmSouth-southwest SSW
DjiboutiSun 12:00 Noon438 km272 miles236 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Ali SabiehSun 12:00 Noon498 km309 miles269 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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