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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 13:50:00 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 13:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 27' North, Longitude: 28° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.20 meters/second, 1609.9 km/hour, 1000.4 miles/hour or 869.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.67 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.67 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.0"1000.16 miwest0° 00' 44.5"0.85 minorth1000.13 mi
24 hours0° 01' 35.5"1.77 miwest0° 17' 42.2"20.29 minorth20.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 13:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 28' South, Longitude: 155° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 407.48 meters/second, 1466.9 km/hour, 911.5 miles/hour or 792.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"15.19 miwest0° 00' 03.1"0.06 minorth15.19 mi
1 hour14° 28' 09.0"911.11 miwest0° 03' 16.1"3.75 minorth911.31 mi
24 hours12° 24' 53.8"781.85 mieast1° 51' 19.5"127.69 minorth797.72 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MindeloSun 12:50 PM384 km238 miles207 nmEast-northeast ENE
PraiaSun 12:50 PM512 km318 miles277 nmEast E
Santa MariaSun 12:50 PM586 km364 miles316 nmEast-northeast ENE
DakarSun 1:50 PM1167 km725 miles630 nmEast E
BanjulSun 1:50 PM1278 km794 miles690 nmEast E
NouakchottSun 1:50 PM1340 km833 miles724 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauSun 1:50 PM1427 km887 miles770 nmEast-southeast ESE
ConakrySun 1:50 PM1711 km1063 miles924 nmEast-southeast ESE
FreetownSun 1:50 PM1807 km1123 miles976 nmEast-southeast ESE
El Aaiún *Sun 2:50 PM2026 km1259 miles1094 nmNortheast NE
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