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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 18:40:00 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 Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 18:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 01' South, Longitude: 104° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 450.13 meters/second, 1620.5 km/hour, 1006.9 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' 01.5"1006.74 miwest0° 00' 48.7"0.93 misouth1006.71 mi
24 hours0° 00' 33.7"0.63 miwest0° 19' 23.8"22.22 misouth22.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 18:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 13' North, Longitude: 149° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.52 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' 09.4"1005.46 miwest0° 10' 44.3"12.30 misouth1005.53 mi
24 hours11° 19' 48.7"783.71 mieast4° 19' 40.5"297.37 misouth837.64 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Wed 1:40 PM1546 km961 miles835 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Galapagos IslandsWed 12:40 PM2156 km1340 miles1164 nmNortheast NE
LimaWed 1:40 PM2940 km1827 miles1588 nmEast E
AdamstownWed 10:40 AM2984 km1854 miles1611 nmWest-southwest WSW
QuitoWed 1:40 PM3204 km1991 miles1730 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseWed 12:40 PM3449 km2143 miles1862 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorWed 12:40 PM3477 km2160 miles1877 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaWed 12:40 PM3498 km2174 miles1889 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaWed 12:40 PM3500 km2175 miles1890 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TegucigalpaWed 12:40 PM3620 km2249 miles1955 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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