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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, May 1, 2013 at 11:14:00 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, May 1, 2013 at 11:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 12' North, Longitude: 10° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.74 meters/second, 1611.9 km/hour, 1001.6 miles/hour or 870.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.69 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 minorth16.69 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.3"1001.37 miwest0° 00' 45.0"0.86 minorth1001.34 mi
24 hours0° 01' 41.9"1.89 miwest0° 17' 55.2"20.53 minorth20.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 37' South, Longitude: 88° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.32 meters/second, 1549.2 km/hour, 962.6 miles/hour or 836.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.6"16.04 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 minorth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 26' 45.4"962.42 miwest0° 07' 57.0"9.11 minorth962.78 mi
24 hours12° 56' 41.3"862.45 mieast3° 32' 38.4"243.64 minorth902.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ZinderWed 12:14 PM246 km153 miles133 nmSouthwest SW
AgadezWed 12:14 PM356 km221 miles192 nmNorthwest NW
KanoWed 12:14 PM430 km267 miles232 nmSouthwest SW
MaradiWed 12:14 PM438 km272 miles237 nmWest-southwest WSW
MaiduguriWed 12:14 PM453 km282 miles245 nmSoutheast SE
ArlitWed 12:14 PM532 km330 miles287 nmNorthwest NW
ZariaWed 12:14 PM566 km352 miles306 nmSouthwest SW
NdjamenaWed 12:14 PM576 km358 miles311 nmSoutheast SE
KadunaWed 12:14 PM631 km392 miles341 nmSouthwest SW
MarouaWed 12:14 PM639 km397 miles345 nmSoutheast SE
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