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 Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 02:08:00 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, January 3, 2013 at 02:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 49' South, Longitude: 149° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.62 meters/second, 1539.4 km/hour, 956.6 miles/hour or 831.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.94 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.94 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.8"956.15 miwest0° 00' 14.6"0.28 minorth956.17 mi
24 hours0° 06' 50.6"7.28 mieast0° 06' 05.8"6.99 minorth10.10 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 02:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 36' North, Longitude: 31° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.52 meters/second, 1618.3 km/hour, 1005.5 miles/hour or 873.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.76 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.76 mi
1 hour14° 32' 11.2"1005.44 miwest0° 11' 32.5"13.22 misouth1005.54 mi
24 hours11° 16' 09.6"779.46 mieast4° 38' 33.6"318.99 misouth841.73 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RockhamptonThu 12:08 PM157 km97 miles85 nmEast-southeast ESE
MackayThu 12:08 PM185 km115 miles100 nmNorth N
BrisbaneThu 12:08 PM650 km404 miles351 nmSoutheast SE
CairnsThu 12:08 PM740 km460 miles399 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Sydney *Thu 1:08 PM1242 km772 miles670 nmSouth S
Canberra *Thu 1:08 PM1382 km859 miles746 nmSouth S
Port MoresbyThu 12:08 PM1493 km928 miles806 nmNorth N
Alice SpringsThu 11:38 AM1562 km970 miles843 nmWest W
Adelaide *Thu 12:38 PM1687 km1048 miles911 nmSouthwest SW
Melbourne *Thu 1:08 PM1709 km1062 miles923 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools