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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 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 38' North, Longitude: 0° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.99 meters/second, 1641.6 km/hour, 1020.0 miles/hour or 886.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.00 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.00 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.5"1019.92 miwest0° 00' 52.6"1.00 minorth1019.90 mi
24 hours0° 03' 21.7"3.81 miwest0° 20' 56.6"23.99 minorth24.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 55' North, Longitude: 80° 55' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.56 meters/second, 1539.2 km/hour, 956.4 miles/hour or 831.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"15.94 miwest0° 00' 04.9"0.09 misouth15.94 mi
1 hour14° 31' 39.5"956.18 miwest0° 04' 55.4"5.64 misouth956.42 mi
24 hours11° 15' 42.6"741.31 mieast2° 20' 13.2"160.71 misouth763.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MangoWed 12:02 PM123 km77 miles67 nmEast-southeast ESE
TamaleWed 12:02 PM138 km86 miles75 nmSouth S
Fada N'gourmaWed 12:02 PM190 km118 miles103 nmNorth-northeast NNE
OuagadougouWed 12:02 PM216 km134 miles117 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NatitingouWed 1:02 PM222 km138 miles120 nmEast E
KaraWed 12:02 PM232 km144 miles125 nmEast-southeast ESE
KoudougouWed 12:02 PM262 km163 miles141 nmNorthwest NW
SokodéWed 12:02 PM265 km165 miles143 nmSoutheast SE
DjougouWed 1:02 PM270 km168 miles146 nmEast-southeast ESE
OuahigouyaWed 12:02 PM380 km236 miles205 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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