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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 31, 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 31, 2010 at 15:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 57' North, Longitude: 45° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.34 meters/second, 1549.2 km/hour, 962.7 miles/hour or 836.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.04 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.5"962.27 miwest0° 00' 21.0"0.40 minorth962.25 mi
24 hours0° 02' 14.8"2.40 mieast0° 08' 13.2"9.43 minorth9.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 31, 2010 at 15:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 33' South, Longitude: 179° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.47 meters/second, 1513.7 km/hour, 940.6 miles/hour or 817.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.68 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth15.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 55.5"940.25 miwest0° 07' 45.7"8.90 minorth940.69 mi
24 hours11° 17' 11.6"731.19 mieast3° 28' 49.5"239.38 minorth776.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BridgetownMon 11:00 AM1782 km1108 miles962 nmWest-southwest WSW
Saint John's (Antigua)Mon 11:00 AM1789 km1111 miles966 nmWest-southwest WSW
RoseauMon 11:00 AM1822 km1132 miles984 nmWest-southwest WSW
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Mon 11:00 AM1823 km1133 miles984 nmWest-southwest WSW
Fort-de-FranceMon 11:00 AM1828 km1136 miles987 nmWest-southwest WSW
CastriesMon 11:00 AM1851 km1150 miles1000 nmWest-southwest WSW
Basseterre (St. Kitts)Mon 11:00 AM1869 km1161 miles1009 nmWest-southwest WSW
KingstownMon 11:00 AM1924 km1195 miles1039 nmWest-southwest WSW
CayenneMon 12:00 Noon2019 km1255 miles1090 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Saint George'sMon 11:00 AM2039 km1267 miles1101 nmWest-southwest WSW
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