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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 31, 2013 at 16:00:00 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 31, 2013 at 16:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 60' North, Longitude: 60° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.22 meters/second, 1548.8 km/hour, 962.4 miles/hour or 836.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.04 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.4"961.99 miwest0° 00' 20.6"0.40 minorth961.97 mi
24 hours0° 02' 17.5"2.45 mieast0° 08' 06.0"9.29 minorth9.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, May 31, 2013 at 16:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 45' South, Longitude: 150° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.83 meters/second, 1612.2 km/hour, 1001.8 miles/hour or 870.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"16.69 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 30' 45.9"1001.71 miwest0° 11' 25.3"13.08 minorth1001.90 mi
24 hours11° 29' 25.5"793.10 mieast4° 33' 28.0"313.16 minorth853.83 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
The ValleyFri 12:00 Noon493 km306 miles266 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Codrington (Barbuda)Fri 12:00 Noon500 km311 miles270 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MarigotFri 12:00 Noon509 km316 miles275 nmSouth-southwest SSW
GustaviaFri 12:00 Noon513 km319 miles277 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Saint John's (Antigua)Fri 12:00 Noon557 km346 miles301 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Basseterre (St. Kitts)Fri 12:00 Noon567 km352 miles306 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Road TownFri 12:00 Noon579 km360 miles313 nmSouthwest SW
BradesFri 12:00 Noon604 km375 miles326 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Charlotte AmalieFri 12:00 Noon609 km379 miles329 nmSouthwest SW
ChristianstedFri 12:00 Noon640 km398 miles345 nmSouthwest SW
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