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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, April 17, 2013 at 06:02:00 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 33' North, Longitude: 89° 24' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.12 meters/second, 1642.0 km/hour, 1020.3 miles/hour or 886.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.01 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.01 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.6"1020.21 miwest0° 00' 52.7"1.01 minorth1020.19 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.1"3.84 miwest0° 20' 59.2"24.04 minorth24.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 23' North, Longitude: 168° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.39 meters/second, 1535.0 km/hour, 953.8 miles/hour or 828.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"15.90 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 misouth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 31' 33.3"953.54 miwest0° 04' 25.3"5.07 misouth953.76 mi
24 hours11° 18' 01.6"741.89 mieast2° 08' 45.2"147.57 misouth760.75 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port BlairWed 11:32 AM361 km224 miles195 nmEast-northeast ENE
Banda AcehWed 1:02 PM854 km531 miles461 nmSoutheast SE
KalmunaiWed 11:32 AM902 km560 miles487 nmWest-southwest WSW
YangonWed 12:32 PM1003 km623 miles542 nmNortheast NE
ChennaiWed 11:32 AM1033 km642 miles558 nmWest-northwest WNW
VisakhapatnamWed 11:32 AM1034 km642 miles558 nmNorthwest NW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteWed 11:32 AM1119 km695 miles604 nmWest-southwest WSW
ColomboWed 11:32 AM1123 km698 miles606 nmWest-southwest WSW
BhubaneshwarWed 11:32 AM1140 km708 miles615 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaduraiWed 11:32 AM1238 km769 miles668 nmWest W
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