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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 11:52:00 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 11:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 25' North, Longitude: 3° 47' 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' 29.7"5.18 miwest0° 23' 40.5"27.11 minorth27.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 23' North, Longitude: 114° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.75 meters/second, 1543.5 km/hour, 959.1 miles/hour or 833.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.98 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 31' 26.0"958.84 miwest0° 05' 39.2"6.48 misouth959.11 mi
24 hours11° 22' 45.7"751.31 mieast2° 37' 54.7"180.97 misouth777.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméThu 11:52 AM328 km204 miles177 nmEast E
Santo António (Príncipe)Thu 11:52 AM427 km265 miles231 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port-GentilThu 12:52 PM571 km355 miles308 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port HarcourtThu 12:52 PM605 km376 miles326 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleThu 12:52 PM631 km392 miles341 nmEast E
OwerriThu 12:52 PM667 km415 miles360 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MalaboThu 12:52 PM669 km416 miles361 nmNortheast NE
LagosThu 12:52 PM670 km417 miles362 nmNorth N
CotonouThu 12:52 PM676 km420 miles365 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BataThu 12:52 PM685 km425 miles370 nmEast-northeast ENE
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