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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 18:40:00 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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 18:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 20' South, Longitude: 104° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.49 meters/second, 1618.2 km/hour, 1005.5 miles/hour or 873.7 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' 01.1"1005.30 miwest0° 00' 48.1"0.92 misouth1005.27 mi
24 hours0° 00' 21.5"0.40 miwest0° 19' 09.9"21.96 misouth21.97 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 18:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 07' South, Longitude: 138° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.83 meters/second, 1612.2 km/hour, 1001.8 miles/hour or 870.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.69 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.6"1001.64 miwest0° 10' 49.3"12.39 misouth1001.60 mi
24 hours11° 50' 16.3"816.73 mieast4° 15' 23.6"292.49 misouth864.77 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 *Thu 1:40 PM1512 km940 miles817 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:40 PM2180 km1355 miles1177 nmNortheast NE
LimaThu 1:40 PM2942 km1828 miles1589 nmEast E
AdamstownThu 10:40 AM2967 km1843 miles1602 nmWest-southwest WSW
QuitoThu 1:40 PM3221 km2002 miles1739 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseThu 12:40 PM3476 km2160 miles1877 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorThu 12:40 PM3509 km2180 miles1894 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaThu 12:40 PM3528 km2192 miles1905 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaThu 12:40 PM3533 km2195 miles1908 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TegucigalpaThu 12:40 PM3651 km2269 miles1971 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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