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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 21:00:00 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 21:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 51' North, Longitude: 135° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.67 meters/second, 1550.4 km/hour, 963.4 miles/hour or 837.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.06 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.06 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.6"962.99 miwest0° 00' 21.6"0.42 minorth962.97 mi
24 hours0° 02' 10.0"2.32 mieast0° 08' 30.4"9.75 minorth10.03 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 36' South, Longitude: 81° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 413.91 meters/second, 1490.1 km/hour, 925.9 miles/hour or 804.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.5"15.43 miwest0° 00' 05.9"0.11 minorth15.43 mi
1 hour14° 29' 32.7"925.54 miwest0° 05' 59.8"6.88 minorth925.90 mi
24 hours11° 49' 48.5"755.62 mieast2° 51' 17.6"196.41 minorth787.96 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
San Jose *Sun 2:00 PM2165 km1346 miles1169 nmNortheast NE
San Francisco *Sun 2:00 PM2171 km1349 miles1172 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Los Angeles *Sun 2:00 PM2172 km1350 miles1173 nmNortheast NE
San Diego *Sun 2:00 PM2183 km1356 miles1178 nmNortheast NE
Tijuana *Sun 2:00 PM2184 km1357 miles1179 nmNortheast NE
Sacramento *Sun 2:00 PM2293 km1425 miles1238 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HonoluluSun 11:00 AM2303 km1431 miles1244 nmWest W
Mexicali *Sun 2:00 PM2320 km1442 miles1253 nmNortheast NE
Las Vegas *Sun 2:00 PM2535 km1575 miles1369 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloSun 2:00 PM2597 km1614 miles1403 nmEast-northeast ENE
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