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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 Monday, July 29, 2013 at 17:44:00 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 Monday, July 29, 2013 at 17:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 35' North, Longitude: 84° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.82 meters/second, 1583.3 km/hour, 983.8 miles/hour or 854.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.40 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth16.40 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.3"983.56 miwest0° 00' 36.0"0.69 misouth983.59 mi
24 hours0° 00' 37.9"0.69 miwest0° 14' 33.4"16.69 misouth16.70 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, July 29, 2013 at 17:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 17' North, Longitude: 179° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.30 meters/second, 1567.1 km/hour, 973.7 miles/hour or 846.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"16.23 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.15 minorth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 31' 22.9"973.55 miwest0° 07' 34.2"8.67 minorth973.31 mi
24 hours11° 28' 08.1"768.86 mieast2° 40' 06.3"183.48 minorth785.75 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
George Town (Cayman)Mon 12:44 PM327 km203 miles176 nmEast-northeast ENE
Playa del Carmen *Mon 12:44 PM362 km225 miles195 nmNorthwest NW
Cancún *Mon 12:44 PM385 km239 miles208 nmNorthwest NW
San PedroMon 11:44 AM386 km240 miles208 nmWest W
La CeibaMon 11:44 AM402 km250 miles217 nmSouthwest SW
Chetumal *Mon 12:44 PM414 km257 miles223 nmWest W
Belize CityMon 11:44 AM421 km261 miles227 nmWest-southwest WSW
Pinar del Río *Mon 1:44 PM431 km268 miles233 nmNorth N
DangrigaMon 11:44 AM444 km276 miles240 nmWest-southwest WSW
Orange Walk TownMon 11:44 AM445 km277 miles240 nmWest W
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