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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 Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 19:50:00 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 Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 19:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 59' South, Longitude: 121° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.15 meters/second, 1613.4 km/hour, 1002.5 miles/hour or 871.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.71 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour15° 00' 00.0"1002.30 miwest0° 00' 47.0"0.90 misouth1002.27 mi
24 hours0° 00' 03.3"0.06 mieast0° 18' 40.5"21.40 misouth21.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 19:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 29' South, Longitude: 130° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.78 meters/second, 1572.4 km/hour, 977.0 miles/hour or 849.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.28 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.28 mi
1 hour14° 27' 48.0"976.82 miwest0° 09' 06.0"10.43 misouth976.59 mi
24 hours13° 13' 11.6"892.86 mieast3° 17' 33.3"226.36 misouth915.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSat 11:50 AM1426 km886 miles770 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Sat 2:50 PM1847 km1148 miles997 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteSat 9:50 AM3000 km1864 miles1620 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsSat 1:50 PM3848 km2391 miles2078 nmEast-northeast ENE
RarotongaSat 9:50 AM4089 km2541 miles2208 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiSun 9:50 AM4355 km2706 miles2352 nmWest-northwest WNW
Mexico CitySat 1:50 PM4533 km2816 miles2447 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaSat 1:50 PM4734 km2942 miles2556 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSat 1:50 PM4775 km2967 miles2579 nmNortheast NE
LimaSat 2:50 PM4828 km3000 miles2607 nmEast E
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