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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 18:02:00 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 18:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 40' South, Longitude: 87° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.91 meters/second, 1641.3 km/hour, 1019.8 miles/hour or 886.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.00 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.00 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.2"1019.74 miwest0° 00' 54.0"1.03 minorth1019.76 mi
24 hours0° 01' 47.7"2.03 miwest0° 21' 44.0"24.90 minorth24.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 18:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 56' North, Longitude: 32° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.07 meters/second, 1519.5 km/hour, 944.2 miles/hour or 820.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.74 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.5"943.86 miwest0° 02' 45.1"3.16 misouth944.00 mi
24 hours11° 37' 41.2"756.25 mieast1° 31' 40.2"105.09 misouth767.03 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaWed 1:02 PM1107 km688 miles598 nmEast E
Galapagos IslandsWed 12:02 PM1115 km693 miles602 nmNorth-northwest NNW
GuayaquilWed 1:02 PM1226 km762 miles662 nmNortheast NE
QuitoWed 1:02 PM1494 km928 miles807 nmNortheast NE
CaliWed 1:02 PM1948 km1210 miles1052 nmNortheast NE
Rio BrancoWed 2:02 PM2111 km1312 miles1140 nmEast E
La PazWed 2:02 PM2148 km1335 miles1160 nmEast-southeast ESE
BogotaWed 1:02 PM2222 km1381 miles1200 nmNortheast NE
San JoseWed 12:02 PM2302 km1430 miles1243 nmNorth N
PanamaWed 1:02 PM2329 km1447 miles1258 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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