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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 14:50:00 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 Monday, May 3, 2010 at 14:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 46' North, Longitude: 43° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.54 meters/second, 1607.5 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"998.66 miwest0° 00' 43.9"0.84 minorth998.63 mi
24 hours0° 01' 26.7"1.60 miwest0° 17' 26.0"19.98 minorth20.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 3, 2010 at 14:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 30' South, Longitude: 157° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.40 meters/second, 1491.8 km/hour, 927.0 miles/hour or 805.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"15.45 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 minorth15.45 mi
1 hour14° 29' 57.8"926.64 miwest0° 06' 08.3"7.04 minorth927.01 mi
24 hours11° 39' 52.3"745.57 mieast2° 53' 50.3"199.33 minorth778.94 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CayenneMon 11:50 AM1553 km965 miles839 nmSouthwest SW
ParamariboMon 11:50 AM1701 km1057 miles918 nmSouthwest SW
BridgetownMon 10:50 AM1785 km1109 miles964 nmWest W
GeorgetownMon 10:50 AM1901 km1181 miles1026 nmWest-southwest WSW
CastriesMon 10:50 AM1914 km1189 miles1033 nmWest W
Fort-de-FranceMon 10:50 AM1916 km1190 miles1034 nmWest W
RoseauMon 10:50 AM1942 km1207 miles1049 nmWest W
KingstownMon 10:50 AM1955 km1215 miles1056 nmWest W
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Mon 10:50 AM1976 km1228 miles1067 nmWest W
BelémMon 11:50 AM1988 km1235 miles1073 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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