Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 02:38:00 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 Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 02:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' South, Longitude: 138° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.94 meters/second, 1670.2 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.0"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.2"6.04 miwest0° 23' 21.6"26.75 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 02:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 20' South, Longitude: 127° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.42 meters/second, 1506.3 km/hour, 936.0 miles/hour or 813.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.60 miwest0° 00' 03.5"0.07 minorth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 25' 28.9"935.69 miwest0° 03' 39.1"4.19 minorth935.89 mi
24 hours13° 32' 21.6"878.30 mieast2° 00' 56.4"138.64 minorth894.62 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JayapuraSun 11:38 AM350 km217 miles189 nmSoutheast SE
ManokwariSun 11:38 AM510 km317 miles275 nmWest W
MelekeokSun 11:38 AM958 km595 miles517 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port MoresbySun 12:38 PM1398 km869 miles755 nmSoutheast SE
ManadoSun 10:38 AM1542 km958 miles833 nmWest W
DarwinSun 12:08 PM1604 km997 miles866 nmSouth-southwest SSW
General SantosSun 10:38 AM1646 km1023 miles889 nmWest-northwest WNW
DavaoSun 10:38 AM1650 km1026 miles891 nmWest-northwest WNW
HagåtñaSun 12:38 PM1657 km1030 miles895 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DiliSun 11:38 AM1714 km1065 miles926 nmWest-southwest WSW
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools