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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, September 6, 2013 at 11:40:00 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, September 6, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 16' North, Longitude: 4° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.18 meters/second, 1660.2 km/hour, 1031.6 miles/hour or 896.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.19 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.19 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.7"1031.59 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 misouth1031.61 mi
24 hours0° 05' 05.5"5.84 miwest0° 22' 27.1"25.71 misouth26.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 35' South, Longitude: 14° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.28 meters/second, 1617.4 km/hour, 1005.0 miles/hour or 873.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.75 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 32' 00.3"1004.91 miwest0° 10' 52.6"12.45 misouth1004.94 mi
24 hours11° 20' 46.4"784.53 mieast4° 18' 58.8"296.58 misouth837.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Benin CityFri 12:40 PM116 km72 miles63 nmEast E
LagosFri 12:40 PM138 km86 miles75 nmWest W
IbadanFri 12:40 PM143 km89 miles77 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AbeokutaFri 12:40 PM168 km104 miles90 nmNorthwest NW
Porto NovoFri 12:40 PM218 km136 miles118 nmWest W
CotonouFri 12:40 PM238 km148 miles128 nmWest W
OwerriFri 12:40 PM285 km177 miles154 nmEast-southeast ESE
BohiconFri 12:40 PM295 km183 miles159 nmWest-northwest WNW
SavéFri 12:40 PM302 km188 miles163 nmNorthwest NW
Port HarcourtFri 12:40 PM314 km195 miles170 nmEast-southeast ESE
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