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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 Friday, May 10, 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 Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 44' North, Longitude: 7° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.92 meters/second, 1590.9 km/hour, 988.5 miles/hour or 859.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.48 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.2"988.28 miwest0° 00' 38.9"0.74 minorth988.25 mi
24 hours0° 00' 23.8"0.44 miwest0° 15' 24.9"17.67 minorth17.68 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 22' North, Longitude: 2° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.16 meters/second, 1534.2 km/hour, 953.3 miles/hour or 828.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.89 miwest0° 00' 04.5"0.09 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 30' 58.7"953.01 miwest0° 04' 24.6"5.06 minorth952.82 mi
24 hours11° 39' 08.9"765.07 mieast1° 20' 54.5"92.75 minorth767.64 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TidjikjaFri 12:28 PM384 km239 miles208 nmWest-northwest WNW
BamakoFri 12:28 PM564 km351 miles305 nmSouth S
KoutialaFri 12:28 PM648 km402 miles350 nmSouth-southeast SSE
OuahigouyaFri 12:28 PM747 km464 miles403 nmSoutheast SE
SikassoFri 12:28 PM751 km467 miles405 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TambacoundaFri 12:28 PM758 km471 miles409 nmSouthwest SW
Bobo-DioulassoFri 12:28 PM824 km512 miles445 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KoudougouFri 12:28 PM850 km528 miles459 nmSoutheast SE
RossoFri 12:28 PM852 km529 miles460 nmWest W
NouakchottFri 12:28 PM857 km532 miles463 nmWest W
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