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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 17:16:00 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 17:16:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 17' South, Longitude: 77° 05' 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' 11.0"1037.76 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.76 mi
24 hours0° 04' 26.3"5.12 miwest0° 23' 42.5"27.15 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 17:16:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 02' North, Longitude: 12° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.88 meters/second, 1518.8 km/hour, 943.7 miles/hour or 820.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.73 miwest0° 00' 01.8"0.03 misouth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 00.4"943.42 miwest0° 01' 52.1"2.14 misouth943.52 mi
24 hours11° 33' 25.9"751.17 mieast1° 10' 11.0"80.46 misouth758.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Nueva LojaTue 12:16 PM47 km29 miles25 nmNorth-northeast NNE
QuitoTue 12:16 PM158 km98 miles85 nmWest W
San Juan de PastoTue 12:16 PM166 km103 miles90 nmNorth N
AmbatoTue 12:16 PM202 km125 miles109 nmWest-southwest WSW
Santo Domingo (Ecuador)Tue 12:16 PM233 km145 miles126 nmWest W
FlorenciaTue 12:16 PM268 km166 miles145 nmNortheast NE
EsmeraldasTue 12:16 PM318 km198 miles172 nmWest-northwest WNW
GuayaquilTue 12:16 PM379 km235 miles205 nmSouthwest SW
PortoviejoTue 12:16 PM385 km239 miles208 nmWest-southwest WSW
CaliTue 12:16 PM413 km257 miles223 nmNorth N
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