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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 Sunday, September 8, 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 Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 31' North, Longitude: 4° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.80 meters/second, 1662.5 km/hour, 1033.0 miles/hour or 897.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.22 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.22 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.8"1032.99 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 misouth1033.01 mi
24 hours0° 05' 11.0"5.95 miwest0° 22' 38.5"25.93 misouth26.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 60' South, Longitude: 37° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.67 meters/second, 1590.0 km/hour, 988.0 miles/hour or 858.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.0"16.47 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.47 mi
1 hour14° 30' 01.9"987.81 miwest0° 09' 46.4"11.20 misouth987.63 mi
24 hours12° 14' 37.4"834.09 mieast3° 39' 22.3"251.32 misouth866.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LagosSun 12:40 PM157 km97 miles85 nmNorthwest NW
Benin CitySun 12:40 PM162 km101 miles88 nmNortheast NE
IbadanSun 12:40 PM212 km132 miles114 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AbeokutaSun 12:40 PM216 km134 miles116 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Porto NovoSun 12:40 PM225 km140 miles122 nmWest-northwest WNW
CotonouSun 12:40 PM238 km148 miles128 nmWest-northwest WNW
OwerriSun 12:40 PM291 km181 miles157 nmEast E
Port HarcourtSun 12:40 PM299 km186 miles161 nmEast-southeast ESE
BohiconSun 12:40 PM317 km197 miles171 nmNorthwest NW
SavéSun 12:40 PM350 km217 miles189 nmNorthwest NW
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