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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 Sunday, May 30, 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 Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 03:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 44' North, Longitude: 134° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.00 meters/second, 1551.6 km/hour, 964.1 miles/hour or 837.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.07 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.8"963.74 miwest0° 00' 22.3"0.43 minorth963.72 mi
24 hours0° 02' 05.2"2.24 mieast0° 08' 47.5"10.08 minorth10.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 03:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 24° 05' South, Longitude: 17° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 408.75 meters/second, 1471.5 km/hour, 914.3 miles/hour or 794.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"15.24 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.07 minorth15.24 mi
1 hour14° 28' 16.0"913.96 miwest0° 03' 55.2"4.50 minorth914.21 mi
24 hours12° 22' 12.2"781.36 mieast2° 06' 13.4"144.77 minorth800.75 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KagoshimaSun 12:00 Noon1155 km718 miles624 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KumamotoSun 12:00 Noon1278 km794 miles690 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MatsuyamaSun 12:00 Noon1350 km839 miles729 nmNorth N
TaipeiSun 11:00 AM1364 km847 miles736 nmWest-northwest WNW
FukuokaSun 12:00 Noon1378 km856 miles744 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KitakyushuSun 12:00 Noon1388 km863 miles750 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HiroshimaSun 12:00 Noon1414 km878 miles763 nmNorth N
HagåtñaSun 1:00 PM1431 km889 miles773 nmSoutheast SE
KobeSun 12:00 Noon1437 km893 miles776 nmNorth N
OsakaSun 12:00 Noon1437 km893 miles776 nmNorth N
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