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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, March 19, 2013 at 12:12:00 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, March 19, 2013 at 12:12:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 22' South, Longitude: 1° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.92 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.9"1037.75 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 25.9"5.11 miwest0° 23' 42.7"27.15 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 12:12:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 10' North, Longitude: 86° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.50 meters/second, 1517.4 km/hour, 942.9 miles/hour or 819.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.71 miwest0° 00' 01.3"0.03 misouth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 58.3"942.58 miwest0° 01' 23.8"1.60 misouth942.65 mi
24 hours11° 34' 29.7"751.68 mieast0° 59' 03.7"67.71 misouth757.04 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AccraTue 12:12 PM662 km411 miles357 nmNorth N
AbidjanTue 12:12 PM710 km441 miles383 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeTue 12:12 PM763 km474 miles412 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KumasiTue 12:12 PM784 km487 miles424 nmNorth N
San PédroTue 12:12 PM840 km522 miles453 nmNorthwest NW
CotonouTue 1:12 PM841 km523 miles454 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Porto NovoTue 1:12 PM863 km536 miles466 nmNorth-northeast NNE
São ToméTue 12:12 PM872 km542 miles471 nmEast E
LagosTue 1:12 PM900 km560 miles486 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AtakpaméTue 12:12 PM907 km564 miles490 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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