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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 11:12:00 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 11:12:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 58' North, Longitude: 11° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.81 meters/second, 1579.7 km/hour, 981.6 miles/hour or 853.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.36 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.3"981.29 miwest0° 00' 35.0"0.67 minorth981.26 mi
24 hours0° 00' 17.6"0.32 mieast0° 13' 52.3"15.90 minorth15.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11:12:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 27' North, Longitude: 73° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.23 meters/second, 1552.4 km/hour, 964.6 miles/hour or 838.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.08 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 32' 10.2"964.41 miwest0° 06' 08.0"7.03 misouth964.69 mi
24 hours11° 02' 23.0"732.51 mieast2° 46' 48.2"191.14 misouth761.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArlitWed 12:12 PM391 km243 miles211 nmWest W
AgadezWed 12:12 PM396 km246 miles214 nmWest-southwest WSW
ZinderWed 12:12 PM613 km381 miles331 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaradiWed 12:12 PM740 km460 miles400 nmSouthwest SW
KanoWed 12:12 PM818 km509 miles442 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MoussoroWed 12:12 PM824 km512 miles445 nmSoutheast SE
Faya-LargeauWed 12:12 PM854 km531 miles461 nmEast E
NdjamenaWed 12:12 PM869 km540 miles469 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KadunaWed 12:12 PM1013 km630 miles547 nmSouth-southwest SSW
NiameyWed 12:12 PM1133 km704 miles612 nmWest-southwest WSW
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