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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 Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:46:00 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 Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 41' South, Longitude: 126° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.61 meters/second, 1651.0 km/hour, 1025.9 miles/hour or 891.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.10 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.10 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.2"1025.82 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 minorth1025.84 mi
24 hours0° 02' 36.1"2.97 miwest0° 22' 30.4"25.78 minorth25.95 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 03:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 58' North, Longitude: 51° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.57 meters/second, 1614.8 km/hour, 1003.4 miles/hour or 871.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.72 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.72 mi
1 hour14° 31' 27.1"1003.31 miwest0° 11' 28.3"13.14 misouth1003.48 mi
24 hours11° 30' 25.0"794.89 mieast4° 39' 28.8"320.04 misouth857.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BaucauTue 12:46 PM39 km24 miles21 nmNorthwest NW
SameTue 12:46 PM124 km77 miles67 nmWest-southwest WSW
DiliTue 12:46 PM127 km79 miles69 nmWest W
SuaiTue 12:46 PM177 km110 miles95 nmWest-southwest WSW
KupangTue 11:46 AM382 km238 miles206 nmWest-southwest WSW
EndeTue 11:46 AM557 km346 miles301 nmWest W
AmbonTue 12:46 PM574 km357 miles310 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DarwinTue 1:16 PM615 km382 miles332 nmSoutheast SE
KendariTue 11:46 AM698 km433 miles377 nmNorthwest NW
RabaTue 11:46 AM879 km546 miles474 nmWest W
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