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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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:56:00 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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 24' North, Longitude: 15° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.59 meters/second, 1665.3 km/hour, 1034.8 miles/hour or 899.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.25 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.25 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1034.76 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.77 mi
24 hours0° 05' 17.4"6.08 miwest0° 22' 52.7"26.20 misouth26.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 38' South, Longitude: 86° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.08 meters/second, 1523.1 km/hour, 946.4 miles/hour or 822.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"15.77 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.07 misouth15.77 mi
1 hour14° 26' 00.2"946.12 miwest0° 03' 51.4"4.42 misouth945.95 mi
24 hours13° 46' 50.4"903.36 mieast0° 59' 23.6"68.09 misouth903.25 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BerbératiWed 11:56 AM73 km45 miles39 nmEast-southeast ESE
BertouaWed 11:56 AM164 km102 miles89 nmWest W
BozoumWed 11:56 AM252 km157 miles136 nmNorth-northeast NNE
OuéssoWed 11:56 AM324 km201 miles175 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BimboWed 11:56 AM361 km224 miles195 nmEast E
NgaoundéréWed 11:56 AM366 km227 miles198 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BanguiWed 11:56 AM378 km235 miles204 nmEast E
YaoundéWed 11:56 AM408 km254 miles220 nmWest W
ImpfondoWed 11:56 AM447 km277 miles241 nmSoutheast SE
MoundouWed 11:56 AM472 km293 miles255 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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