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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, March 20, 2013 at 11:00:00 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, March 20, 2013 at 11:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 00' North, Longitude: 16° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 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"1037.77 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.78 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.9"5.15 miwest0° 23' 41.8"27.14 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 16' North, Longitude: 115° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.00 meters/second, 1526.4 km/hour, 948.5 miles/hour or 824.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.81 miwest0° 00' 03.3"0.07 misouth15.81 mi
1 hour14° 31' 09.7"948.18 miwest0° 03' 29.5"4.00 misouth948.36 mi
24 hours11° 29' 06.8"750.12 mieast1° 48' 08.3"123.96 misouth764.22 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MbandakaWed 12:00 Noon155 km97 miles84 nmEast E
OuéssoWed 12:00 Noon200 km124 miles108 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ImpfondoWed 12:00 Noon223 km139 miles120 nmNortheast NE
FrancevilleWed 12:00 Noon407 km253 miles220 nmWest-southwest WSW
BerbératiWed 12:00 Noon486 km302 miles262 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BimboWed 12:00 Noon501 km311 miles270 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BrazzavilleWed 12:00 Noon503 km313 miles272 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KinshasaWed 12:00 Noon508 km316 miles274 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BanguiWed 12:00 Noon518 km322 miles280 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BertouaWed 12:00 Noon617 km383 miles333 nmNorthwest NW
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