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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, May 2, 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 Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 30' North, Longitude: 10° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.10 meters/second, 1609.6 km/hour, 1000.1 miles/hour or 869.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.67 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.67 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.0"999.94 miwest0° 00' 44.4"0.85 minorth999.91 mi
24 hours0° 01' 33.3"1.73 miwest0° 17' 39.9"20.24 minorth20.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 04' South, Longitude: 75° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.82 meters/second, 1576.1 km/hour, 979.4 miles/hour or 851.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.4"16.32 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 minorth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 28' 34.1"979.23 miwest0° 09' 43.4"11.14 minorth979.59 mi
24 hours12° 15' 47.0"829.55 mieast4° 07' 06.6"283.06 minorth881.84 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ZinderThu 12:14 PM266 km165 miles143 nmSouthwest SW
AgadezThu 12:14 PM336 km209 miles182 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaradiThu 12:14 PM450 km280 miles243 nmWest-southwest WSW
KanoThu 12:14 PM456 km283 miles246 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaiduguriThu 12:14 PM482 km300 miles260 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ArlitThu 12:14 PM506 km314 miles273 nmNorthwest NW
ZariaThu 12:14 PM591 km367 miles319 nmSouthwest SW
NdjamenaThu 12:14 PM598 km372 miles323 nmSoutheast SE
SokotoThu 12:14 PM652 km405 miles352 nmWest-southwest WSW
MoussoroThu 12:14 PM653 km406 miles352 nmEast-southeast ESE
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