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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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:52:00 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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 16' North, Longitude: 16° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.53 meters/second, 1643.5 km/hour, 1021.2 miles/hour or 887.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.02 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.02 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.8"1021.14 miwest0° 00' 53.0"1.01 minorth1021.11 mi
24 hours0° 03' 27.5"3.93 miwest0° 21' 07.7"24.20 minorth24.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 31' North, Longitude: 86° 26' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.35 meters/second, 1524.1 km/hour, 947.0 miles/hour or 822.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.78 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth15.78 mi
1 hour14° 31' 14.3"946.74 miwest0° 02' 45.1"3.16 misouth946.88 mi
24 hours11° 25' 45.4"745.27 mieast1° 30' 15.4"103.46 misouth755.75 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SarhTue 11:52 AM201 km125 miles108 nmSoutheast SE
MoundouTue 11:52 AM211 km131 miles114 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MongoTue 11:52 AM286 km178 miles154 nmNortheast NE
MarouaTue 11:52 AM289 km179 miles156 nmWest W
NdjamenaTue 11:52 AM290 km180 miles157 nmNorthwest NW
MoussoroTue 11:52 AM377 km234 miles204 nmNorth N
GarouaTue 11:52 AM403 km251 miles218 nmWest-southwest WSW
Kaga-BandoroTue 11:52 AM437 km271 miles236 nmSoutheast SE
BozoumTue 11:52 AM441 km274 miles238 nmSouth S
MaiduguriTue 11:52 AM449 km279 miles243 nmWest-northwest WNW
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