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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 21:10:00 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 21:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 33' North, Longitude: 138° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.01 meters/second, 1609.2 km/hour, 999.9 miles/hour or 868.9 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"999.72 miwest0° 00' 44.3"0.85 minorth999.69 mi
24 hours0° 01' 33.0"1.72 miwest0° 17' 37.5"20.20 minorth20.27 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 21:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 01' South, Longitude: 98° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 409.14 meters/second, 1472.9 km/hour, 915.2 miles/hour or 795.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.6"15.25 miwest0° 00' 04.1"0.08 minorth15.25 mi
1 hour14° 28' 39.2"914.84 miwest0° 04' 10.2"4.78 minorth915.10 mi
24 hours12° 11' 57.9"770.99 mieast2° 11' 06.0"150.36 minorth791.72 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluSun 11:10 AM2164 km1345 miles1169 nmWest-northwest WNW
KiritimatiMon 11:10 AM2583 km1605 miles1394 nmSouthwest SW
Los Angeles *Sun 2:10 PM2869 km1783 miles1549 nmNortheast NE
San Francisco *Sun 2:10 PM2914 km1810 miles1573 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HermosilloSun 2:10 PM3174 km1972 miles1714 nmEast-northeast ENE
Las Vegas *Sun 2:10 PM3233 km2009 miles1746 nmNortheast NE
PhoenixSun 2:10 PM3296 km2048 miles1780 nmNortheast NE
Salt Lake City *Sun 3:10 PM3782 km2350 miles2042 nmNortheast NE
Seattle *Sun 2:10 PM3847 km2391 miles2077 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PapeeteSun 11:10 AM3863 km2400 miles2086 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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