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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 17:58:00 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 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 17:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 00' North, Longitude: 90° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.70 meters/second, 1597.3 km/hour, 992.5 miles/hour or 862.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.54 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.54 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.1"992.28 miwest0° 00' 40.9"0.78 minorth992.25 mi
24 hours0° 00' 47.6"0.88 miwest0° 16' 13.7"18.60 minorth18.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 17:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 31' North, Longitude: 116° 07' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.94 meters/second, 1591.0 km/hour, 988.6 miles/hour or 859.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.48 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 32' 02.4"988.45 miwest0° 09' 17.5"10.65 minorth988.25 mi
24 hours11° 14' 59.7"765.13 mieast3° 26' 36.5"236.70 minorth796.39 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BelmopanTue 11:58 AM172 km107 miles93 nmEast E
Punta GordaTue 11:58 AM195 km121 miles105 nmEast-southeast ESE
Orange Walk TownTue 11:58 AM226 km140 miles122 nmEast-northeast ENE
DangrigaTue 11:58 AM229 km142 miles124 nmEast E
Belize CityTue 11:58 AM238 km148 miles128 nmEast-northeast ENE
San Cristobal de las Casas *Tue 12:58 PM243 km151 miles131 nmWest W
GuatemalaTue 11:58 AM265 km165 miles143 nmSouth S
Chetumal *Tue 12:58 PM275 km171 miles148 nmNortheast NE
San PedroTue 11:58 AM275 km171 miles149 nmEast-northeast ENE
Tuxtla Gutierrez *Tue 12:58 PM294 km183 miles159 nmWest W
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