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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 Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 19:58:00 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 Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 19:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 27' North, Longitude: 120° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 451.26 meters/second, 1624.5 km/hour, 1009.4 miles/hour or 877.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.82 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 minorth16.82 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.2"1009.28 miwest0° 00' 48.3"0.92 minorth1009.25 mi
24 hours0° 02' 27.0"2.75 miwest0° 19' 15.6"22.07 minorth22.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 19:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 24' South, Longitude: 59° 37' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.35 meters/second, 1556.5 km/hour, 967.2 miles/hour or 840.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"16.12 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 25' 51.9"966.90 miwest0° 08' 58.1"10.28 misouth966.63 mi
24 hours13° 58' 39.3"936.52 mieast3° 07' 52.3"215.30 misouth954.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mazatlan *Thu 1:58 PM1798 km1117 miles971 nmNortheast NE
Guadalajara *Thu 2:58 PM1945 km1209 miles1050 nmEast-northeast ENE
HermosilloThu 12:58 PM1967 km1222 miles1062 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Aguascalientes *Thu 2:58 PM2096 km1303 miles1132 nmEast-northeast ENE
Tijuana *Thu 12:58 PM2136 km1328 miles1154 nmNorth N
San Diego *Thu 12:58 PM2155 km1339 miles1163 nmNorth N
Mexicali *Thu 12:58 PM2177 km1352 miles1175 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Acapulco *Thu 2:58 PM2191 km1362 miles1183 nmEast-northeast ENE
Los Angeles *Thu 12:58 PM2290 km1423 miles1236 nmNorth N
Mexico City *Thu 2:58 PM2326 km1445 miles1256 nmEast-northeast ENE
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