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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 Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 23:38:00 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 Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 23:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 174° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.64 meters/second, 1532.3 km/hour, 952.1 miles/hour or 827.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.87 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 misouth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.70 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth951.70 mi
24 hours0° 07' 26.3"7.87 mieast0° 00' 14.0"0.27 minorth7.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 23:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 41' North, Longitude: 13° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 411.59 meters/second, 1481.7 km/hour, 920.7 miles/hour or 800.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.34 miwest0° 00' 05.2"0.10 misouth15.35 mi
1 hour14° 25' 07.4"920.32 miwest0° 05' 24.0"6.19 misouth920.65 mi
24 hours13° 47' 59.0"880.84 mieast2° 48' 53.4"193.66 misouth910.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NukualofaWed 12:38 PM257 km159 miles139 nmNorth N
PangaiWed 12:38 PM406 km252 miles219 nmNorth N
NeiafuWed 12:38 PM539 km335 miles291 nmNorth N
AlofiTue 12:38 PM712 km442 miles384 nmNortheast NE
Suva *Wed 12:38 PM907 km564 miles490 nmNorthwest NW
Labasa *Wed 12:38 PM978 km608 miles528 nmNorthwest NW
Nadi *Wed 12:38 PM1012 km629 miles547 nmNorthwest NW
Apia *Tue 1:38 PM1114 km692 miles602 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaTue 1:38 PM1579 km981 miles853 nmEast E
FakaofoTue 12:38 PM1606 km998 miles867 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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