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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 20:00:00 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 20:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 32' North, Longitude: 120° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.04 meters/second, 1609.3 km/hour, 1000.0 miles/hour or 869.0 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"999.79 miwest0° 00' 44.3"0.85 minorth999.76 mi
24 hours0° 01' 33.3"1.73 miwest0° 17' 38.3"20.21 minorth20.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 20:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 06' South, Longitude: 115° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 408.85 meters/second, 1471.9 km/hour, 914.6 miles/hour or 794.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.4"15.24 miwest0° 00' 04.0"0.08 minorth15.24 mi
1 hour14° 28' 34.3"914.20 miwest0° 04' 01.8"4.62 minorth914.45 mi
24 hours12° 14' 03.1"772.71 mieast2° 08' 02.0"146.84 minorth792.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mazatlan *Sun 2:00 PM1729 km1074 miles933 nmEast-northeast ENE
HermosilloSun 1:00 PM1805 km1122 miles975 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Tijuana *Sun 1:00 PM1921 km1194 miles1037 nmNorth N
Guadalajara *Sun 3:00 PM1927 km1197 miles1041 nmEast-northeast ENE
San Diego *Sun 1:00 PM1938 km1204 miles1047 nmNorth N
Mexicali *Sun 1:00 PM1970 km1224 miles1064 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Aguascalientes *Sun 3:00 PM2067 km1284 miles1116 nmEast-northeast ENE
Los Angeles *Sun 1:00 PM2067 km1284 miles1116 nmNorth N
PhoenixSun 1:00 PM2169 km1348 miles1171 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Acapulco *Sun 3:00 PM2231 km1386 miles1205 nmEast E
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