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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 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 Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 15:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 03' North, Longitude: 45° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.89 meters/second, 1605.2 km/hour, 997.4 miles/hour or 866.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.62 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.62 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.3"997.20 miwest0° 00' 43.1"0.83 minorth997.17 mi
24 hours0° 01' 18.0"1.44 miwest0° 17' 09.9"19.67 minorth19.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 15:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 35' South, Longitude: 148° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.46 meters/second, 1524.4 km/hour, 947.2 miles/hour or 823.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"15.79 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth15.79 mi
1 hour14° 31' 47.0"946.95 miwest0° 08' 21.8"9.59 minorth947.41 mi
24 hours10° 58' 13.8"715.08 mieast3° 41' 13.4"253.57 minorth765.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CayenneTue 12:00 Noon1422 km883 miles768 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BridgetownTue 11:00 AM1523 km947 miles823 nmWest W
ParamariboTue 12:00 Noon1525 km947 miles823 nmSouthwest SW
Fort-de-FranceTue 11:00 AM1647 km1023 miles889 nmWest W
CastriesTue 11:00 AM1647 km1024 miles889 nmWest W
RoseauTue 11:00 AM1672 km1039 miles903 nmWest W
GeorgetownTue 11:00 AM1691 km1051 miles913 nmSouthwest SW
KingstownTue 11:00 AM1692 km1051 miles913 nmWest W
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Tue 11:00 AM1704 km1059 miles920 nmWest W
Saint John's (Antigua)Tue 11:00 AM1716 km1066 miles926 nmWest W
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