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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 Monday, March 11, 2013 at 21:14:00 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 Monday, March 11, 2013 at 21:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 23' South, Longitude: 136° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.11 meters/second, 1667.2 km/hour, 1036.0 miles/hour or 900.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 09.9"1035.94 miwest0° 00' 59.0"1.13 minorth1035.95 mi
24 hours0° 04' 00.5"4.61 miwest0° 23' 37.5"27.06 minorth27.45 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, March 11, 2013 at 21:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 47' North, Longitude: 137° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.88 meters/second, 1616.0 km/hour, 1004.1 miles/hour or 872.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.6"0.22 minorth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 30' 59.6"1004.03 miwest0° 11' 41.3"13.38 minorth1004.09 mi
24 hours11° 30' 48.2"796.32 mieast4° 34' 17.1"314.10 minorth854.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeMon 11:44 AM730 km453 miles394 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PapeeteMon 11:14 AM2152 km1337 miles1162 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiTue 11:14 AM2440 km1516 miles1318 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownMon 1:14 PM2482 km1542 miles1340 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RarotongaMon 11:14 AM3241 km2014 miles1750 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluMon 11:14 AM3623 km2251 miles1956 nmNorthwest NW
Easter Island *Mon 4:14 PM3867 km2403 miles2088 nmSoutheast SE
FakaofoTue 10:14 AM3948 km2453 miles2132 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiMon 10:14 AM4072 km2530 miles2199 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Tue 11:14 AM4093 km2543 miles2210 nmWest-southwest WSW
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