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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, October 3, 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 Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 08' South, Longitude: 2° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.73 meters/second, 1665.8 km/hour, 1035.1 miles/hour or 899.5 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' 11.5"1035.09 miwest0° 00' 57.9"1.11 misouth1035.08 mi
24 hours0° 04' 35.7"5.28 miwest0° 23' 08.8"26.51 misouth27.03 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 09' South, Longitude: 16° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.38 meters/second, 1617.8 km/hour, 1005.2 miles/hour or 873.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.75 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 53.1"1005.15 miwest0° 10' 52.0"12.45 misouth1005.22 mi
24 hours11° 24' 37.4"789.26 mieast4° 21' 27.3"299.41 misouth843.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméThu 11:40 AM702 km436 miles379 nmNortheast NE
Port-GentilThu 12:40 PM818 km508 miles442 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santo António (Príncipe)Thu 11:40 AM859 km534 miles464 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleThu 12:40 PM945 km587 miles510 nmEast-northeast ENE
AccraThu 11:40 AM1104 km686 miles596 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MalaboThu 12:40 PM1136 km706 miles613 nmNortheast NE
LomeThu 11:40 AM1140 km708 miles616 nmNorth N
Porto NovoThu 12:40 PM1175 km730 miles634 nmNorth N
LagosThu 12:40 PM1177 km731 miles635 nmNorth N
AbidjanThu 11:40 AM1256 km780 miles678 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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