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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 14:00:00 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 14:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 27' North, Longitude: 30° 45' 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"1000.15 miwest0° 00' 44.5"0.85 minorth1000.12 mi
24 hours0° 01' 35.5"1.77 miwest0° 17' 42.2"20.29 minorth20.36 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 14:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 27' South, Longitude: 158° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 407.51 meters/second, 1467.0 km/hour, 911.6 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' 09.7"911.18 miwest0° 03' 17.4"3.78 minorth911.39 mi
24 hours12° 24' 36.6"781.60 mieast1° 51' 47.3"128.22 minorth797.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MindeloSun 1:00 PM637 km396 miles344 nmEast-northeast ENE
PraiaSun 1:00 PM780 km485 miles421 nmEast E
DakarSun 2:00 PM1435 km891 miles775 nmEast E
BanjulSun 2:00 PM1544 km960 miles834 nmEast E
NouakchottSun 2:00 PM1601 km995 miles865 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauSun 2:00 PM1688 km1049 miles912 nmEast-southeast ESE
ConakrySun 2:00 PM1965 km1221 miles1061 nmEast-southeast ESE
FreetownSun 2:00 PM2056 km1278 miles1110 nmEast-southeast ESE
El Aaiún *Sun 3:00 PM2230 km1386 miles1204 nmNortheast NE
FortalezaSun 11:00 AM2293 km1425 miles1238 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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