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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 17:50:00 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 17:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 11' North, Longitude: 87° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.26 meters/second, 1660.5 km/hour, 1031.8 miles/hour or 896.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.20 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.20 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.7"1031.78 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 misouth1031.80 mi
24 hours0° 05' 06.3"5.85 miwest0° 22' 28.7"25.74 misouth26.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 6, 2013 at 17:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 42' South, Longitude: 75° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.86 meters/second, 1615.9 km/hour, 1004.1 miles/hour or 872.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.73 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 49.3"1003.97 miwest0° 10' 51.4"12.43 misouth1003.97 mi
24 hours11° 26' 07.4"790.12 mieast4° 16' 57.1"294.27 misouth841.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlajuelaFri 11:50 AM591 km367 miles319 nmNortheast NE
San JoseFri 11:50 AM594 km369 miles321 nmNortheast NE
DavidFri 12:50 PM658 km409 miles355 nmEast-northeast ENE
MasayaFri 11:50 AM672 km418 miles363 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaFri 11:50 AM686 km426 miles370 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsFri 11:50 AM804 km500 miles434 nmSouth-southwest SSW
San MiguelFri 11:50 AM808 km502 miles436 nmNorth N
San SalvadorFri 11:50 AM843 km524 miles455 nmNorth N
TegucigalpaFri 11:50 AM878 km545 miles474 nmNorth N
Santa AnaFri 11:50 AM882 km548 miles476 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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