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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 23, 2013 at 08:54:00 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 23, 2013 at 08:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' South, Longitude: 44° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.94 meters/second, 1670.2 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.9"6.05 miwest0° 23' 21.3"26.75 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 23, 2013 at 08:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 24' North, Longitude: 89° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.40 meters/second, 1549.4 km/hour, 962.8 miles/hour or 836.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.05 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 minorth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 30' 15.3"962.54 miwest0° 05' 54.5"6.77 minorth962.32 mi
24 hours11° 53' 11.5"788.88 mieast1° 56' 51.4"133.94 minorth796.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KismayoMon 11:54 AM229 km142 miles123 nmWest W
MogadishuMon 11:54 AM261 km162 miles141 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GarissaMon 11:54 AM552 km343 miles298 nmWest W
MombasaMon 11:54 AM693 km431 miles374 nmSouthwest SW
GalkayoMon 11:54 AM832 km517 miles450 nmNorth-northeast NNE
NairobiMon 11:54 AM874 km543 miles472 nmWest W
Zanzibar CityMon 11:54 AM891 km554 miles481 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamMon 11:54 AM940 km584 miles507 nmSouthwest SW
NakuruMon 11:54 AM948 km589 miles512 nmWest W
DodomaMon 11:54 AM1184 km736 miles640 nmSouthwest SW
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