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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, March 16, 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, March 16, 2013 at 20:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 25' South, Longitude: 126° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.78 meters/second, 1669.6 km/hour, 1037.4 miles/hour or 901.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.29 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.29 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.7"1037.45 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.45 mi
24 hours0° 04' 18.9"4.97 miwest0° 23' 43.5"27.17 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 20:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 26' North, Longitude: 70° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.02 meters/second, 1533.7 km/hour, 953.0 miles/hour or 828.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.88 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.0"952.71 miwest0° 04' 32.1"5.20 minorth952.51 mi
24 hours11° 36' 32.5"761.92 mieast1° 23' 44.7"96.00 minorth764.80 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 PM2646 km1644 miles1429 nmSouth S
PapeeteSat 10:34 AM3100 km1926 miles1674 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Sat 3:34 PM3373 km2096 miles1821 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiSun 10:34 AM3465 km2153 miles1871 nmWest W
HermosilloSat 1:34 PM3752 km2332 miles2026 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico CitySat 2:34 PM3766 km2340 miles2033 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Sat 1:34 PM4018 km2496 miles2169 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsSat 2:34 PM4093 km2544 miles2210 nmEast E
PhoenixSat 1:34 PM4141 km2573 miles2236 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaSat 10:34 AM4235 km2631 miles2287 nmWest-southwest WSW
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