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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 Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 21:02:00 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 Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 21:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 14' South, Longitude: 133° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.92 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.0"1037.77 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 26.7"5.13 miwest0° 23' 42.4"27.15 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 21:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 55' North, Longitude: 41° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.23 meters/second, 1520.0 km/hour, 944.5 miles/hour or 820.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.74 miwest0° 00' 02.1"0.04 misouth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 02.2"944.20 miwest0° 02' 13.0"2.54 misouth944.31 mi
24 hours11° 32' 34.7"750.84 mieast1° 18' 22.8"89.85 misouth759.20 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteTue 11:02 AM2593 km1611 miles1400 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiWed 11:02 AM2652 km1648 miles1432 nmWest W
AdamstownTue 1:02 PM2774 km1723 miles1498 nmSouth S
HonoluluTue 11:02 AM3555 km2209 miles1919 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaTue 11:02 AM3673 km2282 miles1983 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Tue 4:02 PM3945 km2451 miles2130 nmSoutheast SE
HermosilloTue 2:02 PM4038 km2509 miles2180 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Tue 2:02 PM4119 km2559 miles2224 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FakaofoWed 10:02 AM4291 km2666 miles2317 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico CityTue 3:02 PM4344 km2699 miles2346 nmEast-northeast ENE
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