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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 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:48:00 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 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 56' North, Longitude: 2° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.87 meters/second, 1597.9 km/hour, 992.9 miles/hour or 862.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.55 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.55 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.2"992.66 miwest0° 00' 41.0"0.78 minorth992.63 mi
24 hours0° 00' 50.0"0.92 miwest0° 16' 18.1"18.68 minorth18.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 33' North, Longitude: 26° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.30 meters/second, 1595.9 km/hour, 991.6 miles/hour or 861.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.53 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 minorth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 32' 06.4"991.50 miwest0° 09' 36.9"11.01 minorth991.32 mi
24 hours11° 12' 52.5"765.02 mieast3° 35' 27.8"246.83 minorth799.54 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NiameyTue 12:48 PM379 km235 miles204 nmSouth S
DoriTue 11:48 AM397 km247 miles214 nmSouthwest SW
SokotoTue 12:48 PM544 km338 miles293 nmSoutheast SE
Fada N'gourmaTue 11:48 AM572 km355 miles309 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ArlitTue 12:48 PM592 km368 miles320 nmEast-northeast ENE
OuahigouyaTue 11:48 AM614 km382 miles332 nmSouthwest SW
AgadezTue 12:48 PM623 km387 miles337 nmEast E
OuagadougouTue 11:48 AM641 km398 miles346 nmSouthwest SW
KandiTue 12:48 PM648 km403 miles350 nmSouth S
MaradiTue 12:48 PM656 km407 miles354 nmSoutheast SE
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