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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 27, 2013 at 09:28:00 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 27, 2013 at 09:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 44' North, Longitude: 39° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.41 meters/second, 1668.3 km/hour, 1036.6 miles/hour or 900.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.4"1036.60 miwest0° 00' 58.7"1.12 minorth1036.60 mi
24 hours0° 04' 33.2"5.24 miwest0° 23' 26.0"26.84 minorth27.34 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 09:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 49' South, Longitude: 142° 00' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.87 meters/second, 1605.1 km/hour, 997.4 miles/hour or 866.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.5"16.62 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 29' 29.5"997.24 miwest0° 11' 34.3"13.25 misouth997.16 mi
24 hours12° 27' 11.2"856.98 mieast4° 28' 34.8"307.62 misouth906.49 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GarissaWed 12:28 PM354 km220 miles191 nmSouth S
Arba MinchWed 12:28 PM415 km258 miles224 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AwasaWed 12:28 PM487 km303 miles263 nmNorth N
KismayoWed 12:28 PM494 km307 miles267 nmSoutheast SE
NakuruWed 12:28 PM495 km307 miles267 nmSouthwest SW
NairobiWed 12:28 PM525 km326 miles284 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MbaleWed 12:28 PM603 km375 miles325 nmWest-southwest WSW
JimmaWed 12:28 PM613 km381 miles331 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AdamaWed 12:28 PM643 km399 miles347 nmNorth N
MogadishuWed 12:28 PM671 km417 miles363 nmEast E
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