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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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:02:00 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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 45' South, Longitude: 2° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.77 meters/second, 1640.8 km/hour, 1019.5 miles/hour or 885.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.99 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.99 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.1"1019.43 miwest0° 00' 54.0"1.03 minorth1019.46 mi
24 hours0° 01' 45.1"1.99 miwest0° 21' 41.6"24.85 minorth24.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 11' North, Longitude: 119° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.42 meters/second, 1517.1 km/hour, 942.7 miles/hour or 819.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.71 miwest0° 00' 02.1"0.04 misouth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 50.3"942.38 miwest0° 02' 11.2"2.51 misouth942.49 mi
24 hours11° 38' 34.3"756.05 mieast1° 18' 21.1"89.82 misouth764.43 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownWed 12:02 PM1097 km682 miles592 nmWest-southwest WSW
LuandaWed 1:02 PM1150 km715 miles621 nmEast E
São ToméWed 12:02 PM1297 km806 miles700 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleWed 1:02 PM1429 km888 miles772 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaWed 1:02 PM1540 km957 miles831 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrazzavilleWed 1:02 PM1540 km957 miles832 nmEast-northeast ENE
MalaboWed 1:02 PM1731 km1076 miles935 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraWed 12:02 PM1836 km1141 miles991 nmNorth N
YaoundéWed 1:02 PM1875 km1165 miles1012 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LomeWed 12:02 PM1877 km1166 miles1013 nmNorth N
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