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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 Monday, May 3, 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 Monday, May 3, 2010 at 14:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 45' North, Longitude: 30° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.56 meters/second, 1607.6 km/hour, 998.9 miles/hour or 868.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.65 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.65 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.8"998.71 miwest0° 00' 43.9"0.84 minorth998.68 mi
24 hours0° 01' 27.0"1.61 miwest0° 17' 26.6"19.99 minorth20.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 3, 2010 at 14:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 35' South, Longitude: 145° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.12 meters/second, 1490.8 km/hour, 926.4 miles/hour or 805.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"15.44 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 minorth15.44 mi
1 hour14° 29' 53.9"926.01 miwest0° 06' 03.1"6.94 minorth926.37 mi
24 hours11° 41' 23.0"746.72 mieast2° 51' 58.6"197.20 minorth779.48 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MindeloMon 1:00 PM632 km393 miles341 nmEast-northeast ENE
PraiaMon 1:00 PM785 km488 miles424 nmEast E
DakarMon 2:00 PM1439 km894 miles777 nmEast E
BanjulMon 2:00 PM1551 km964 miles838 nmEast E
NouakchottMon 2:00 PM1597 km993 miles863 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauMon 2:00 PM1698 km1055 miles917 nmEast-southeast ESE
ConakryMon 2:00 PM1977 km1229 miles1068 nmEast-southeast ESE
FreetownMon 2:00 PM2070 km1286 miles1118 nmEast-southeast ESE
El Aaiún *Mon 3:00 PM2212 km1375 miles1195 nmNortheast NE
FortalezaMon 11:00 AM2322 km1443 miles1254 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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