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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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:30:00 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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 14' South, Longitude: 3° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.68 meters/second, 1618.8 km/hour, 1005.9 miles/hour or 874.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.77 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.77 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.3"1005.73 miwest0° 00' 48.3"0.92 misouth1005.70 mi
24 hours0° 00' 25.2"0.47 miwest0° 19' 14.2"22.04 misouth22.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 49' South, Longitude: 34° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.62 meters/second, 1615.0 km/hour, 1003.5 miles/hour or 872.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.72 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 26.6"1003.43 miwest0° 10' 51.0"12.42 misouth1003.42 mi
24 hours11° 40' 13.0"806.27 mieast4° 18' 06.6"295.59 misouth856.64 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 11:30 AM999 km621 miles539 nmWest-southwest WSW
LuandaThu 12:30 PM1227 km762 miles662 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméThu 11:30 AM1654 km1027 miles893 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaThu 12:30 PM1705 km1060 miles921 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleThu 12:30 PM1707 km1061 miles922 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Thu 1:30 PM1713 km1065 miles925 nmSoutheast SE
LibrevilleThu 12:30 PM1750 km1088 miles945 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MalaboThu 12:30 PM2077 km1290 miles1121 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YaoundéThu 12:30 PM2192 km1362 miles1183 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraThu 11:30 AM2224 km1382 miles1201 nmNorth N
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