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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 17:12:00 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 Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 17:12:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 06' North, Longitude: 76° 09' 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' 28.4"5.16 miwest0° 23' 41.5"27.13 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 17:12:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 52' North, Longitude: 25° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.01 meters/second, 1530.0 km/hour, 950.7 miles/hour or 826.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.85 miwest0° 00' 04.0"0.08 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 31' 13.7"950.45 miwest0° 04' 02.8"4.64 misouth950.66 mi
24 hours11° 27' 29.4"750.09 mieast2° 00' 58.6"138.67 misouth767.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Nueva LojaWed 12:12 PM82 km51 miles44 nmWest W
San Juan de PastoWed 12:12 PM174 km108 miles94 nmNorthwest NW
FlorenciaWed 12:12 PM178 km111 miles96 nmNorth-northeast NNE
QuitoWed 12:12 PM263 km164 miles142 nmWest W
AmbatoWed 12:12 PM313 km195 miles169 nmWest-southwest WSW
Santo Domingo (Ecuador)Wed 12:12 PM338 km210 miles182 nmWest W
CaliWed 12:12 PM367 km228 miles198 nmNorth N
EsmeraldasWed 12:12 PM401 km249 miles216 nmWest-northwest WNW
GuayaquilWed 12:12 PM489 km304 miles264 nmWest-southwest WSW
PortoviejoWed 12:12 PM495 km308 miles267 nmWest-southwest WSW
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