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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 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 08:24:00 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 Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 08:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 25' South, Longitude: 56° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.51 meters/second, 1668.6 km/hour, 1036.8 miles/hour or 901.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.3"1036.84 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1036.85 mi
24 hours0° 04' 10.4"4.81 miwest0° 23' 41.7"27.13 minorth27.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 08:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 21' North, Longitude: 83° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.44 meters/second, 1585.6 km/hour, 985.2 miles/hour or 856.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.42 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 31' 30.8"985.08 miwest0° 09' 15.0"10.60 minorth984.87 mi
24 hours11° 25' 05.9"774.40 mieast3° 23' 10.8"232.79 minorth803.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaThu 12:24 PM262 km163 miles141 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MogadishuThu 11:24 AM1316 km818 miles710 nmWest-northwest WNW
MoroniThu 11:24 AM1767 km1098 miles954 nmSouthwest SW
Diego GarciaThu 2:24 PM1868 km1161 miles1009 nmEast-southeast ESE
Dar es SalaamThu 11:24 AM1949 km1211 miles1052 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port LouisThu 12:24 PM1968 km1223 miles1063 nmSouth S
Saint-DenisThu 12:24 PM2045 km1271 miles1104 nmSouth S
MaleThu 1:24 PM2048 km1273 miles1106 nmEast-northeast ENE
AntananarivoThu 11:24 AM2061 km1281 miles1113 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdenThu 11:24 AM2098 km1304 miles1133 nmNorthwest NW
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