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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 Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:02:00 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 Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 48' North, Longitude: 1° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.88 meters/second, 1670.0 km/hour, 1037.7 miles/hour or 901.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.29 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.29 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.3"1037.67 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.67 mi
24 hours0° 04' 31.2"5.21 miwest0° 23' 38.9"27.08 minorth27.58 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 43' North, Longitude: 123° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.59 meters/second, 1564.5 km/hour, 972.1 miles/hour or 844.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.20 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 misouth16.20 mi
1 hour14° 31' 40.0"971.94 miwest0° 07' 33.6"8.66 misouth972.26 mi
24 hours11° 18' 27.9"756.57 mieast3° 20' 57.3"230.24 misouth795.94 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AccraFri 12:02 PM547 km340 miles295 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeFri 12:02 PM589 km366 miles318 nmNorth N
São ToméFri 12:02 PM617 km383 miles333 nmEast E
CotonouFri 1:02 PM630 km392 miles340 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Porto NovoFri 1:02 PM648 km402 miles350 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LagosFri 1:02 PM668 km415 miles361 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santo António (Príncipe)Fri 12:02 PM697 km433 miles377 nmEast E
KumasiFri 12:02 PM723 km449 miles390 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AbeokutaFri 1:02 PM742 km461 miles400 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AtakpaméFri 12:02 PM743 km462 miles401 nmNorth N
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