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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 9, 2013 at 12:28:00 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 9, 2013 at 12:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 29' North, Longitude: 7° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.56 meters/second, 1593.2 km/hour, 990.0 miles/hour or 860.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.50 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.4"989.72 miwest0° 00' 39.5"0.76 minorth989.69 mi
24 hours0° 00' 32.3"0.59 miwest0° 15' 42.8"18.01 minorth18.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 12:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 10' North, Longitude: 13° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.42 meters/second, 1553.1 km/hour, 965.1 miles/hour or 838.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"16.08 miwest0° 00' 06.4"0.12 minorth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 31' 20.7"964.81 miwest0° 06' 25.7"7.37 minorth964.58 mi
24 hours11° 32' 10.3"766.48 mieast2° 11' 32.2"150.76 minorth776.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TidjikjaThu 12:28 PM393 km244 miles212 nmWest-northwest WNW
BamakoThu 12:28 PM535 km333 miles289 nmSouth S
KoutialaThu 12:28 PM621 km386 miles335 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SikassoThu 12:28 PM723 km449 miles390 nmSouth-southeast SSE
OuahigouyaThu 12:28 PM729 km453 miles394 nmSoutheast SE
TambacoundaThu 12:28 PM743 km462 miles401 nmWest-southwest WSW
Bobo-DioulassoThu 12:28 PM798 km496 miles431 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KoudougouThu 12:28 PM830 km515 miles448 nmSoutheast SE
RossoThu 12:28 PM849 km528 miles459 nmWest W
NouakchottThu 12:28 PM860 km534 miles464 nmWest W
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