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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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:02:00 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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' North, Longitude: 31° 17' East

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' 11.2"1037.75 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.6"5.18 miwest0° 23' 40.6"27.12 minorth27.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 33' North, Longitude: 140° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.34 meters/second, 1542.0 km/hour, 958.2 miles/hour or 832.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.97 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.10 misouth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 31' 24.7"957.93 miwest0° 05' 29.9"6.30 misouth958.19 mi
24 hours11° 23' 11.8"751.10 mieast2° 34' 24.6"176.96 misouth776.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MbararaThu 1:02 PM130 km81 miles70 nmSouth-southwest SSW
EntebbeThu 1:02 PM135 km84 miles73 nmEast-southeast ESE
KampalaThu 1:02 PM144 km90 miles78 nmEast E
BukobaThu 1:02 PM198 km123 miles107 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LiraThu 1:02 PM273 km170 miles147 nmNortheast NE
RwamaganaThu 12:02 PM275 km171 miles149 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RuhengeriThu 12:02 PM278 km172 miles150 nmSouthwest SW
GuluThu 1:02 PM288 km179 miles155 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KigaliThu 12:02 PM292 km181 miles158 nmSouth-southwest SSW
GitaramaThu 12:02 PM322 km200 miles174 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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