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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 Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 17:30:00 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 Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 17:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 49' North, Longitude: 83° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.57 meters/second, 1661.7 km/hour, 1032.5 miles/hour or 897.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.21 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.21 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.8"1032.48 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.07 misouth1032.50 mi
24 hours0° 05' 09.1"5.91 miwest0° 22' 34.3"25.85 misouth26.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 17:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 55' South, Longitude: 59° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.64 meters/second, 1604.3 km/hour, 996.9 miles/hour or 866.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.61 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.61 mi
1 hour14° 30' 55.4"996.74 miwest0° 10' 27.4"11.98 misouth996.63 mi
24 hours11° 51' 13.2"813.98 mieast4° 00' 55.9"275.97 misouth855.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
DavidSat 12:30 PM297 km185 miles160 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago de VeraguasSat 12:30 PM339 km211 miles183 nmNortheast NE
San JoseSat 11:30 AM471 km293 miles254 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AlajuelaSat 11:30 AM483 km300 miles261 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PanamaSat 12:30 PM523 km325 miles282 nmNortheast NE
EsmeraldasSat 12:30 PM653 km406 miles353 nmSoutheast SE
MasayaSat 11:30 AM761 km473 miles411 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CaliSat 12:30 PM772 km479 miles417 nmEast-southeast ESE
ManaguaSat 11:30 AM786 km488 miles424 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PortoviejoSat 12:30 PM811 km504 miles438 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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