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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 17:50:00 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 17:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 20' South, Longitude: 91° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.51 meters/second, 1618.2 km/hour, 1005.5 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"1005.35 miwest0° 00' 48.1"0.92 misouth1005.32 mi
24 hours0° 00' 22.0"0.41 miwest0° 19' 10.5"21.97 misouth21.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 17:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 58' South, Longitude: 126° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.93 meters/second, 1612.6 km/hour, 1002.0 miles/hour or 870.7 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' 07.2"1001.87 miwest0° 10' 49.6"12.40 misouth1001.84 mi
24 hours11° 49' 03.8"815.49 mieast4° 15' 46.6"292.93 misouth863.83 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsThu 11:50 AM1501 km933 miles811 nmNorth N
LimaThu 12:50 PM1598 km993 miles863 nmEast E
GuayaquilThu 12:50 PM1857 km1154 miles1002 nmNortheast NE
QuitoThu 12:50 PM2123 km1319 miles1147 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Thu 12:50 PM2321 km1442 miles1253 nmSouthwest SW
La PazThu 1:50 PM2528 km1571 miles1365 nmEast E
Rio BrancoThu 1:50 PM2631 km1635 miles1420 nmEast E
San JoseThu 11:50 AM2808 km1745 miles1516 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BogotaThu 12:50 PM2852 km1772 miles1540 nmNortheast NE
SucreThu 1:50 PM2853 km1773 miles1541 nmEast-southeast ESE
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