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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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 00:02:00 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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 56' South, Longitude: 177° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.50 meters/second, 1639.8 km/hour, 1018.9 miles/hour or 885.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.98 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.98 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.0"1018.81 miwest0° 00' 53.8"1.03 minorth1018.84 mi
24 hours0° 01' 40.0"1.89 miwest0° 21' 36.8"24.76 minorth24.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 30' North, Longitude: 66° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.56 meters/second, 1514.0 km/hour, 940.8 miles/hour or 817.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.68 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth15.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 49.9"940.46 miwest0° 01' 02.7"1.20 misouth940.51 mi
24 hours11° 39' 41.5"755.73 mieast0° 51' 18.1"58.82 misouth760.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mata-UtuWed 12:02 PM279 km173 miles151 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FunafutiWed 12:02 PM488 km303 miles264 nmWest-northwest WNW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Wed 2:02 PM611 km380 miles330 nmEast-southeast ESE
Apia *Wed 2:02 PM658 km409 miles355 nmEast-southeast ESE
FakaofoWed 1:02 PM661 km411 miles357 nmEast-northeast ENE
LabasaWed 12:02 PM720 km448 miles389 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Pago PagoTue 1:02 PM783 km487 miles423 nmEast-southeast ESE
NeiafuWed 1:02 PM916 km569 miles494 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SuvaWed 12:02 PM933 km580 miles504 nmSouth-southwest SSW
LautokaWed 12:02 PM946 km588 miles511 nmSouthwest SW
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