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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, March 20, 2013 at 21:52:00 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, March 20, 2013 at 21:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 11' North, Longitude: 146° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 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' 11.2"1037.77 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.8"5.16 miwest0° 23' 41.3"27.13 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 21:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 33' North, Longitude: 42° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.86 meters/second, 1533.1 km/hour, 952.6 miles/hour or 827.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.88 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 misouth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 31' 16.6"952.35 miwest0° 04' 27.3"5.11 misouth952.57 mi
24 hours11° 26' 15.8"750.20 mieast2° 10' 27.9"149.53 misouth769.44 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 11:52 AM1256 km781 miles678 nmWest W
PapeeteWed 11:52 AM1994 km1239 miles1077 nmSouth S
HonoluluWed 11:52 AM2661 km1653 miles1437 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaWed 11:52 AM2793 km1735 miles1508 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoThu 10:52 AM2971 km1846 miles1604 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Thu 11:52 AM3219 km2000 miles1738 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownWed 1:52 PM3286 km2042 miles1774 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AlofiWed 10:52 AM3355 km2084 miles1811 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 9:52 AM3374 km2096 miles1822 nmWest W
NukualofaThu 10:52 AM3940 km2448 miles2127 nmSouthwest SW
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