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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 Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:20:00 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 Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 54' South, Longitude: 7° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.25 meters/second, 1664.1 km/hour, 1034.0 miles/hour or 898.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.23 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.23 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.0"1033.99 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1033.98 mi
24 hours0° 04' 24.7"5.07 miwest0° 23' 01.9"26.38 misouth26.86 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 41' South, Longitude: 11° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.18 meters/second, 1595.5 km/hour, 991.4 miles/hour or 861.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.7"16.52 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 29' 45.7"991.21 miwest0° 10' 12.9"11.70 misouth991.05 mi
24 hours12° 21' 46.5"845.36 mieast3° 51' 54.5"265.66 misouth881.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Port-GentilSat 12:20 PM497 km309 miles268 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Pointe-NoireSat 12:20 PM530 km329 miles286 nmEast E
CabindaSat 12:20 PM569 km354 miles307 nmEast E
São ToméSat 11:20 AM580 km360 miles313 nmNorth N
DolisieSat 12:20 PM624 km388 miles337 nmEast E
LibrevilleSat 12:20 PM641 km398 miles346 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santo António (Príncipe)Sat 11:20 AM723 km450 miles391 nmNorth N
BataSat 12:20 PM804 km500 miles434 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LuandaSat 12:20 PM806 km501 miles435 nmEast-southeast ESE
FrancevilleSat 12:20 PM806 km501 miles435 nmEast-northeast ENE
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