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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 17:02:00 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 17:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 30' North, Longitude: 73° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.91 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.7 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"1037.74 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.74 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.0"5.19 miwest0° 23' 40.2"27.11 minorth27.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 17:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 52' North, Longitude: 39° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.93 meters/second, 1547.7 km/hour, 961.7 miles/hour or 835.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.03 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth16.03 mi
1 hour14° 31' 29.4"961.49 miwest0° 06' 04.6"6.97 misouth961.77 mi
24 hours11° 21' 36.2"752.06 mieast2° 47' 36.7"192.07 misouth781.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FlorenciaThu 12:02 PM243 km151 miles131 nmWest-northwest WNW
MitúThu 12:02 PM398 km247 miles215 nmEast-northeast ENE
VillavicencioThu 12:02 PM405 km251 miles218 nmNorth N
CaliThu 12:02 PM445 km277 miles240 nmNorthwest NW
BogotaThu 12:02 PM459 km285 miles248 nmNorth N
PereiraThu 12:02 PM525 km326 miles284 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoThu 12:02 PM537 km334 miles290 nmWest W
ManizalesThu 12:02 PM542 km337 miles293 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AmbatoThu 12:02 PM578 km359 miles312 nmWest-southwest WSW
Santo Domingo (Ecuador)Thu 12:02 PM611 km380 miles330 nmWest W
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