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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 Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 17:08:00 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 Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 17:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 55' North, Longitude: 77° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.87 meters/second, 1666.3 km/hour, 1035.4 miles/hour or 899.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.26 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.26 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1035.39 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1035.40 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.3"6.12 miwest0° 22' 57.9"26.30 misouth27.00 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 17:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 41' South, Longitude: 10° 37' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.92 meters/second, 1511.7 km/hour, 939.3 miles/hour or 816.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.66 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 25' 00.6"939.04 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 misouth939.04 mi
24 hours14° 02' 10.1"914.26 mieast0° 32' 54.3"37.72 minorth916.59 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BuenaventuraThu 12:08 PM103 km64 miles56 nmEast E
CaliThu 12:08 PM172 km107 miles93 nmEast-southeast ESE
PereiraThu 12:08 PM270 km168 miles146 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManizalesThu 12:08 PM297 km185 miles160 nmEast-northeast ENE
FlorenciaThu 12:08 PM365 km227 miles197 nmSoutheast SE
MedellinThu 12:08 PM367 km228 miles198 nmNortheast NE
EsmeraldasThu 12:08 PM377 km234 miles203 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BogotaThu 12:08 PM438 km272 miles236 nmEast E
QuitoThu 12:08 PM463 km288 miles250 nmSouth S
VillavicencioThu 12:08 PM481 km299 miles260 nmEast E
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