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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 Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:40:00 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 Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 32' South, Longitude: 12° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.49 meters/second, 1665.0 km/hour, 1034.6 miles/hour or 899.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.24 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.24 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.4"1034.54 miwest0° 00' 57.7"1.10 misouth1034.53 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.0"5.17 miwest0° 23' 05.4"26.44 misouth26.95 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 42' South, Longitude: 19° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.40 meters/second, 1610.6 km/hour, 1000.8 miles/hour or 869.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.68 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 55.4"1000.67 miwest0° 10' 48.9"12.38 misouth1000.62 mi
24 hours11° 51' 31.0"817.52 mieast4° 13' 17.6"290.10 misouth864.44 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MonroviaFri 12:40 PM1221 km758 miles659 nmNorth N
FreetownFri 12:40 PM1440 km895 miles778 nmNorth N
AbidjanFri 12:40 PM1465 km910 miles791 nmNortheast NE
JamestownFri 12:40 PM1481 km920 miles800 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YamoussoukroFri 12:40 PM1510 km938 miles815 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakryFri 12:40 PM1556 km967 miles840 nmNorth N
AccraFri 12:40 PM1792 km1114 miles968 nmNortheast NE
BissauFri 12:40 PM1838 km1142 miles992 nmNorth N
LomeFri 12:40 PM1957 km1216 miles1057 nmNortheast NE
BamakoFri 12:40 PM1973 km1226 miles1065 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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