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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 Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 20:30:00 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, February 17, 2013 at 20:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 42' South, Longitude: 124° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 454.28 meters/second, 1635.4 km/hour, 1016.2 miles/hour or 883.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.94 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.94 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.9"1016.08 miwest0° 00' 52.9"1.01 minorth1016.11 mi
24 hours0° 01' 18.0"1.47 miwest0° 21' 14.6"24.34 minorth24.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 20:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 15' North, Longitude: 38° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.04 meters/second, 1526.6 km/hour, 948.6 miles/hour or 824.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.81 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 minorth15.81 mi
1 hour14° 31' 13.4"948.26 miwest0° 03' 47.2"4.34 minorth948.09 mi
24 hours11° 33' 45.5"755.19 mieast1° 05' 40.4"75.29 minorth756.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSun 12:30 PM1613 km1002 miles871 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Sun 3:30 PM2293 km1425 miles1238 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteSun 10:30 AM2825 km1756 miles1526 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaSun 10:30 AM3952 km2456 miles2134 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiMon 10:30 AM3980 km2473 miles2149 nmWest-northwest WNW
Galapagos IslandsSun 2:30 PM3984 km2476 miles2151 nmEast-northeast ENE
Mexico CitySun 2:30 PM4392 km2729 miles2372 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaSun 2:30 PM4701 km2921 miles2538 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSun 2:30 PM4760 km2958 miles2570 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaSun 2:30 PM4935 km3067 miles2665 nmEast-northeast ENE
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