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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 19:44:00 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 19:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 16' South, Longitude: 118° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.66 meters/second, 1665.6 km/hour, 1034.9 miles/hour or 899.3 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"1034.92 miwest0° 00' 57.9"1.10 misouth1034.91 mi
24 hours0° 04' 33.9"5.25 miwest0° 23' 07.8"26.49 misouth27.00 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 19:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 37' South, Longitude: 133° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.07 meters/second, 1616.6 km/hour, 1004.5 miles/hour or 872.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.74 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 36.8"1004.44 miwest0° 10' 54.9"12.50 misouth1004.47 mi
24 hours11° 32' 25.0"797.93 mieast4° 20' 28.6"298.30 misouth850.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownThu 11:44 AM2602 km1617 miles1405 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Thu 2:44 PM2718 km1689 miles1468 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Galapagos IslandsThu 1:44 PM3265 km2029 miles1763 nmEast E
Mexico City *Thu 2:44 PM3390 km2106 miles1830 nmNortheast NE
PapeeteThu 9:44 AM3663 km2276 miles1978 nmWest-southwest WSW
GuatemalaThu 1:44 PM3751 km2331 miles2025 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloThu 12:44 PM3781 km2349 miles2042 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San SalvadorThu 1:44 PM3824 km2376 miles2065 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManaguaThu 1:44 PM4030 km2504 miles2176 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaThu 1:44 PM4031 km2505 miles2176 nmEast-northeast ENE
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