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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 Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 03:00:00 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 Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 03:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 54' North, Longitude: 134° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.21 meters/second, 1606.4 km/hour, 998.1 miles/hour or 867.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.64 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.64 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.5"997.93 miwest0° 00' 43.5"0.83 minorth997.90 mi
24 hours0° 01' 22.2"1.52 miwest0° 17' 18.0"19.83 minorth19.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 03:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 09' South, Longitude: 25° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.78 meters/second, 1507.6 km/hour, 936.8 miles/hour or 814.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.61 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 minorth15.61 mi
1 hour14° 30' 53.5"936.46 miwest0° 07' 19.6"8.40 minorth936.89 mi
24 hours11° 18' 14.3"729.40 mieast3° 19' 14.8"228.42 minorth771.69 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MelekeokTue 12:00 Noon931 km579 miles503 nmSouth S
HagåtñaTue 1:00 PM1167 km725 miles630 nmEast-southeast ESE
DavaoTue 11:00 AM1354 km841 miles731 nmSouthwest SW
QuezonTue 11:00 AM1418 km881 miles766 nmWest W
ManilaTue 11:00 AM1426 km886 miles770 nmWest W
General SantosTue 11:00 AM1465 km910 miles791 nmSouthwest SW
TaipeiTue 11:00 AM1665 km1035 miles899 nmNorthwest NW
ManokwariTue 12:00 Noon1855 km1153 miles1002 nmSouth S
ManadoTue 11:00 AM1897 km1179 miles1024 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KumamotoTue 12:00 Noon1904 km1183 miles1028 nmNorth N
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