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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 8, 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 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 12' North, Longitude: 2° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.22 meters/second, 1595.6 km/hour, 991.5 miles/hour or 861.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.52 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.52 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.9"991.21 miwest0° 00' 40.3"0.77 minorth991.18 mi
24 hours0° 00' 41.2"0.76 miwest0° 16' 00.9"18.35 minorth18.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 08' North, Longitude: 15° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.63 meters/second, 1575.5 km/hour, 978.9 miles/hour or 850.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.32 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 31' 46.8"978.75 miwest0° 08' 13.2"9.42 minorth978.53 mi
24 hours11° 22' 06.0"765.84 mieast2° 57' 53.9"203.85 minorth787.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NiameyWed 12:48 PM409 km254 miles221 nmSouth S
DoriWed 11:48 AM421 km261 miles227 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SokotoWed 12:48 PM568 km353 miles307 nmSoutheast SE
ArlitWed 12:48 PM583 km363 miles315 nmEast-northeast ENE
Fada N'gourmaWed 11:48 AM600 km373 miles324 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AgadezWed 12:48 PM625 km388 miles337 nmEast E
OuahigouyaWed 11:48 AM631 km392 miles341 nmSouthwest SW
OuagadougouWed 11:48 AM664 km412 miles358 nmSouthwest SW
MaradiWed 12:48 PM674 km419 miles364 nmSoutheast SE
KandiWed 12:48 PM678 km421 miles366 nmSouth S
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