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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 Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 15:40:00 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 Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 15:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 21' South, Longitude: 57° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.92 meters/second, 1662.9 km/hour, 1033.3 miles/hour or 897.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.22 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.22 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.8"1033.26 miwest0° 00' 57.4"1.10 misouth1033.24 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.9"4.93 miwest0° 22' 57.2"26.29 misouth26.75 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 15:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 12' South, Longitude: 38° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.68 meters/second, 1568.5 km/hour, 974.6 miles/hour or 846.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"16.24 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 28' 04.6"974.38 miwest0° 08' 38.7"9.91 misouth974.14 mi
24 hours13° 02' 46.8"878.66 mieast3° 05' 13.4"212.24 misouth898.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ManausSun 11:40 AM335 km208 miles181 nmNorthwest NW
SantarémSun 12:40 PM487 km303 miles263 nmNortheast NE
São Félix do XinguSun 12:40 PM680 km423 miles367 nmEast-southeast ESE
BelémSun 12:40 PM1141 km709 miles616 nmEast-northeast ENE
Rio BrancoSun 11:40 AM1199 km745 miles647 nmWest-southwest WSW
ParamariboSun 12:40 PM1274 km792 miles688 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CayenneSun 12:40 PM1299 km807 miles702 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GeorgetownSun 11:40 AM1345 km836 miles726 nmNorth N
BrasiliaSun 12:40 PM1598 km993 miles863 nmSoutheast SE
La PazSun 11:40 AM1658 km1030 miles895 nmSouthwest SW
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