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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 Monday, September 16, 2013 at 08:10:00 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 Monday, September 16, 2013 at 08:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 32' North, Longitude: 56° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.50 meters/second, 1668.6 km/hour, 1036.8 miles/hour or 901.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.4"1036.81 miwest0° 00' 57.9"1.10 misouth1036.82 mi
24 hours0° 05' 22.3"6.19 miwest0° 23' 09.8"26.53 misouth27.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 16, 2013 at 08:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 14' South, Longitude: 164° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.75 meters/second, 1572.3 km/hour, 977.0 miles/hour or 849.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"16.28 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 minorth16.28 mi
1 hour14° 26' 59.4"976.83 miwest0° 09' 40.3"11.08 minorth977.19 mi
24 hours12° 59' 47.7"878.61 mieast4° 09' 58.4"286.34 minorth929.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaMon 12:10 PM795 km494 miles429 nmSouth S
MogadishuMon 11:10 AM1211 km753 miles654 nmWest W
AdenMon 11:10 AM1681 km1045 miles908 nmNorthwest NW
DjiboutiMon 11:10 AM1756 km1091 miles948 nmNorthwest NW
MaleMon 1:10 PM1930 km1199 miles1042 nmEast E
SanaMon 11:10 AM1936 km1203 miles1045 nmNorthwest NW
Addis AbabaMon 11:10 AM2062 km1281 miles1113 nmWest-northwest WNW
Diego GarciaMon 2:10 PM2104 km1307 miles1136 nmEast-southeast ESE
MoroniMon 11:10 AM2128 km1322 miles1149 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamMon 11:10 AM2146 km1334 miles1159 nmWest-southwest WSW
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