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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 17:30:00 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 17:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 13' South, Longitude: 85° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.68 meters/second, 1665.6 km/hour, 1035.0 miles/hour or 899.4 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"1034.97 miwest0° 00' 57.9"1.11 misouth1034.96 mi
24 hours0° 04' 34.3"5.26 miwest0° 23' 08.0"26.50 misouth27.01 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 17:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 13' South, Longitude: 101° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.19 meters/second, 1617.1 km/hour, 1004.8 miles/hour or 873.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.75 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 41.6"1004.70 miwest0° 10' 54.5"12.49 misouth1004.74 mi
24 hours11° 30' 10.1"795.48 mieast4° 20' 54.1"298.78 misouth848.43 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsThu 11:30 AM606 km376 miles327 nmNorthwest NW
GuayaquilThu 12:30 PM637 km396 miles344 nmEast-northeast ENE
PortoviejoThu 12:30 PM640 km398 miles346 nmEast-northeast ENE
LojaThu 12:30 PM674 km419 miles364 nmEast E
QuitoThu 12:30 PM873 km542 miles471 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaThu 12:30 PM1254 km779 miles677 nmSoutheast SE
CaliThu 12:30 PM1289 km801 miles696 nmNortheast NE
San JoseThu 11:30 AM1571 km976 miles848 nmNorth N
MedellinThu 12:30 PM1580 km982 miles853 nmNortheast NE
BogotaThu 12:30 PM1583 km984 miles855 nmNortheast NE
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