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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, July 25, 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 Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 16:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 31' North, Longitude: 58° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.35 meters/second, 1574.5 km/hour, 978.3 miles/hour or 850.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.31 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.9"978.01 miwest0° 00' 32.8"0.63 misouth978.04 mi
24 hours0° 00' 02.0"0.04 miwest0° 13' 16.9"15.23 misouth15.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 16:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 40' South, Longitude: 159° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.51 meters/second, 1611.0 km/hour, 1001.0 miles/hour or 869.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.1"16.68 miwest0° 00' 12.0"0.23 minorth16.68 mi
1 hour14° 29' 11.9"1000.98 miwest0° 12' 01.3"13.77 minorth1001.15 mi
24 hours12° 05' 30.5"835.50 mieast4° 45' 25.4"326.85 minorth897.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Codrington (Barbuda)Thu 12:00 Noon420 km261 miles227 nmWest-southwest WSW
Saint John's (Antigua)Thu 12:00 Noon454 km282 miles245 nmSouthwest SW
Pointe-à-PitreThu 12:00 Noon494 km307 miles267 nmSouthwest SW
GustaviaThu 12:00 Noon506 km314 miles273 nmWest-southwest WSW
BradesThu 12:00 Noon507 km315 miles274 nmSouthwest SW
The ValleyThu 12:00 Noon516 km321 miles279 nmWest-southwest WSW
Basseterre (St. Kitts)Thu 12:00 Noon521 km324 miles281 nmWest-southwest WSW
MarigotThu 12:00 Noon523 km325 miles282 nmWest-southwest WSW
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Thu 12:00 Noon528 km328 miles285 nmSouthwest SW
RoseauThu 12:00 Noon566 km352 miles306 nmSouthwest SW
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