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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, February 2, 2013 at 20:34:00 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, February 2, 2013 at 20:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 35' South, Longitude: 125° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.64 meters/second, 1600.7 km/hour, 994.6 miles/hour or 864.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.58 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 59' 55.9"994.41 miwest0° 00' 44.0"0.84 minorth994.44 mi
24 hours0° 01' 33.1"1.72 mieast0° 17' 44.6"20.33 minorth20.41 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 20:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 33' South, Longitude: 130° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.10 meters/second, 1559.2 km/hour, 968.8 miles/hour or 841.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.9"16.15 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 misouth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 27' 57.7"968.57 miwest0° 08' 49.7"10.12 misouth968.30 mi
24 hours13° 08' 16.6"879.67 mieast3° 07' 38.6"215.04 misouth899.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSat 12:34 PM1076 km669 miles581 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Sat 3:34 PM1996 km1240 miles1078 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteSat 10:34 AM2610 km1622 miles1409 nmWest W
RarotongaSat 10:34 AM3687 km2291 miles1991 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiSun 10:34 AM4091 km2542 miles2209 nmWest-northwest WNW
Galapagos IslandsSat 2:34 PM4256 km2645 miles2298 nmEast-northeast ENE
AlofiSat 9:34 AM4751 km2952 miles2565 nmWest W
Mexico CitySat 2:34 PM4889 km3038 miles2640 nmNortheast NE
Apia *Sun 10:34 AM5018 km3118 miles2709 nmWest W
GuatemalaSat 2:34 PM5128 km3186 miles2769 nmNortheast NE
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