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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 18:00:00 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 18:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 20' South, Longitude: 94° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.50 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"1005.34 miwest0° 00' 48.1"0.92 misouth1005.31 mi
24 hours0° 00' 22.0"0.41 miwest0° 19' 10.3"21.97 misouth21.97 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 18:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 60' South, Longitude: 128° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.91 meters/second, 1612.5 km/hour, 1001.9 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' 06.8"1001.83 miwest0° 10' 49.5"12.40 misouth1001.79 mi
24 hours11° 49' 18.2"815.74 mieast4° 15' 42.0"292.84 misouth864.02 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 12:00 Noon1565 km973 miles845 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaThu 1:00 PM1866 km1159 miles1007 nmEast E
GuayaquilThu 1:00 PM2057 km1278 miles1110 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Thu 1:00 PM2121 km1318 miles1145 nmSouthwest SW
QuitoThu 1:00 PM2319 km1441 miles1252 nmNortheast NE
La PazThu 2:00 PM2795 km1737 miles1509 nmEast E
Rio BrancoThu 2:00 PM2898 km1801 miles1565 nmEast E
San JoseThu 12:00 Noon2902 km1803 miles1567 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaThu 1:00 PM3040 km1889 miles1641 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BogotaThu 1:00 PM3046 km1893 miles1645 nmNortheast NE
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