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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 18:50:00 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 18:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 01' South, Longitude: 105° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.16 meters/second, 1663.8 km/hour, 1033.8 miles/hour or 898.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.23 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.23 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.0"1033.80 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.79 mi
24 hours0° 04' 23.0"5.03 miwest0° 23' 00.7"26.36 misouth26.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 18:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 57' South, Longitude: 97° 07' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.38 meters/second, 1589.0 km/hour, 987.3 miles/hour or 858.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.3"16.45 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 misouth16.46 mi
1 hour14° 29' 20.0"987.15 miwest0° 09' 53.4"11.33 misouth986.97 mi
24 hours12° 32' 33.1"854.56 mieast3° 41' 43.1"254.00 misouth886.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:50 PM1817 km1129 miles981 nmEast-northeast ENE
Easter Island *Sat 1:50 PM2477 km1539 miles1338 nmSouth S
Acapulco *Sat 1:50 PM2493 km1549 miles1346 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaSat 12:50 PM2723 km1692 miles1470 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSat 12:50 PM2738 km1702 miles1479 nmNortheast NE
Mexico City *Sat 1:50 PM2790 km1733 miles1506 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaSat 12:50 PM2847 km1769 miles1537 nmNortheast NE
San JoseSat 12:50 PM2887 km1794 miles1559 nmNortheast NE
TegucigalpaSat 12:50 PM2915 km1811 miles1574 nmNortheast NE
QuitoSat 1:50 PM3040 km1889 miles1641 nmEast E
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