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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 15:00:00 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 15:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 46' North, Longitude: 45° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.53 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"998.65 miwest0° 00' 43.9"0.84 minorth998.62 mi
24 hours0° 01' 26.6"1.60 miwest0° 17' 25.9"19.98 minorth20.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 3, 2010 at 15:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 29' South, Longitude: 160° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.46 meters/second, 1492.0 km/hour, 927.1 miles/hour or 805.6 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' 58.6"926.76 miwest0° 06' 09.3"7.06 minorth927.13 mi
24 hours11° 39' 34.1"745.34 mieast2° 54' 12.4"199.75 minorth778.83 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CayenneMon 12:00 Noon1395 km867 miles753 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ParamariboMon 12:00 Noon1503 km934 miles812 nmSouthwest SW
BridgetownMon 11:00 AM1520 km945 miles821 nmWest W
CastriesMon 11:00 AM1647 km1023 miles889 nmWest W
Fort-de-FranceMon 11:00 AM1648 km1024 miles890 nmWest W
RoseauMon 11:00 AM1674 km1040 miles904 nmWest W
GeorgetownMon 11:00 AM1674 km1040 miles904 nmSouthwest SW
KingstownMon 11:00 AM1690 km1050 miles912 nmWest W
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Mon 11:00 AM1708 km1061 miles922 nmWest W
Saint John's (Antigua)Mon 11:00 AM1722 km1070 miles930 nmWest W
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