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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 15, 2013 at 05:02:00 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 15, 2013 at 05:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 54' North, Longitude: 103° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.97 meters/second, 1580.3 km/hour, 981.9 miles/hour or 853.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.37 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.4"981.65 miwest0° 00' 35.2"0.67 minorth981.62 mi
24 hours0° 00' 15.5"0.28 mieast0° 13' 57.1"16.00 minorth16.00 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 05:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 03' North, Longitude: 163° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.81 meters/second, 1547.3 km/hour, 961.5 miles/hour or 835.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.02 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 32' 02.1"961.22 miwest0° 05' 40.1"6.50 misouth961.48 mi
24 hours11° 05' 17.7"733.41 mieast2° 36' 20.3"179.16 misouth759.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Wanon NiwatWed 12:02 PM141 km88 miles76 nmSouth S
VientianeWed 12:02 PM147 km91 miles79 nmSouthwest SW
Xam NeuaWed 12:02 PM174 km108 miles94 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Udon ThaniWed 12:02 PM186 km116 miles100 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Luang PrabangWed 12:02 PM188 km117 miles101 nmNorthwest NW
Sakon NakhonWed 12:02 PM201 km125 miles109 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Khon KaenWed 12:02 PM285 km177 miles154 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SavannakhetWed 12:02 PM287 km178 miles155 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HanoiWed 12:02 PM334 km208 miles180 nmNortheast NE
Hai PhongWed 12:02 PM390 km242 miles210 nmNortheast NE
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