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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 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 17:30:00 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 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 17:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 60' South, Longitude: 86° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 450.16 meters/second, 1620.6 km/hour, 1007.0 miles/hour or 875.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.78 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.78 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.7"1006.81 miwest0° 00' 48.7"0.93 misouth1006.78 mi
24 hours0° 00' 34.2"0.64 miwest0° 19' 24.5"22.24 misouth22.25 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 17:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 25' North, Longitude: 132° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.53 meters/second, 1618.3 km/hour, 1005.6 miles/hour or 873.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.76 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 misouth16.76 mi
1 hour14° 32' 11.9"1005.48 miwest0° 10' 43.2"12.28 misouth1005.57 mi
24 hours11° 18' 34.5"782.27 mieast4° 19' 33.1"297.23 misouth836.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaWed 12:30 PM1058 km657 miles571 nmEast E
Galapagos IslandsWed 11:30 AM1486 km924 miles803 nmNorth-northwest NNW
GuayaquilWed 12:30 PM1496 km930 miles808 nmNorth-northeast NNE
QuitoWed 12:30 PM1764 km1096 miles952 nmNorth-northeast NNE
La PazWed 1:30 PM2001 km1243 miles1080 nmEast E
Rio BrancoWed 1:30 PM2091 km1299 miles1129 nmEast E
SucreWed 1:30 PM2341 km1455 miles1264 nmEast-southeast ESE
BogotaWed 12:30 PM2480 km1541 miles1339 nmNortheast NE
PanamaWed 12:30 PM2660 km1653 miles1436 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San JoseWed 11:30 AM2661 km1653 miles1437 nmNorth N
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