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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 17:20:00 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 17:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 19' South, Longitude: 84° 06' 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 Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.76 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.76 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.2"1005.38 miwest0° 00' 48.1"0.92 misouth1005.35 mi
24 hours0° 00' 22.2"0.42 miwest0° 19' 10.8"21.98 misouth21.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 17:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 52' South, Longitude: 118° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.99 meters/second, 1612.8 km/hour, 1002.1 miles/hour or 870.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.70 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 08.9"1002.01 miwest0° 10' 49.8"12.40 misouth1001.98 mi
24 hours11° 48' 20.5"814.75 mieast4° 15' 59.7"293.18 misouth863.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaThu 12:20 PM805 km500 miles435 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilThu 12:20 PM1416 km880 miles764 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsThu 11:20 AM1603 km996 miles866 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoThu 12:20 PM1675 km1041 miles905 nmNorth-northeast NNE
La PazThu 1:20 PM1730 km1075 miles934 nmEast E
Rio BrancoThu 1:20 PM1835 km1140 miles991 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreThu 1:20 PM2074 km1289 miles1120 nmEast-southeast ESE
BogotaThu 12:20 PM2370 km1472 miles1279 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Thu 2:20 PM2515 km1562 miles1358 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PanamaThu 12:20 PM2627 km1632 miles1418 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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