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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 14:02:00 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 14:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 03' North, Longitude: 28° 39' West

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 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.1"5.15 miwest0° 23' 41.7"27.14 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 14:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 05' North, Longitude: 71° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.48 meters/second, 1528.1 km/hour, 949.5 miles/hour or 825.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.83 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 misouth15.83 mi
1 hour14° 31' 11.7"949.26 miwest0° 03' 45.8"4.32 misouth949.45 mi
24 hours11° 28' 19.2"750.08 mieast1° 54' 27.1"131.19 misouth765.56 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fernando de NoronhaWed 12:02 PM605 km376 miles327 nmSouthwest SW
RecifeWed 11:02 AM1136 km706 miles614 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaWed 11:02 AM1182 km735 miles638 nmWest-southwest WSW
PraiaWed 1:02 PM1738 km1080 miles939 nmNorth-northeast NNE
SalvadorWed 11:02 AM1803 km1120 miles974 nmSouthwest SW
BissauWed 2:02 PM1947 km1210 miles1051 nmNortheast NE
FreetownWed 2:02 PM1947 km1210 miles1051 nmEast-northeast ENE
ConakryWed 2:02 PM1958 km1217 miles1057 nmEast-northeast ENE
BanjulWed 2:02 PM1992 km1238 miles1076 nmNortheast NE
DakarWed 2:02 PM2035 km1264 miles1099 nmNortheast NE
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