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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 22:02:00 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, March 20, 2013 at 22:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 11' North, Longitude: 148° 40' 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' 11.2"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 22:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 32' North, Longitude: 44° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.89 meters/second, 1533.2 km/hour, 952.7 miles/hour or 827.9 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' 16.7"952.42 miwest0° 04' 28.2"5.13 misouth952.64 mi
24 hours11° 26' 13.2"750.20 mieast2° 10' 48.0"149.92 misouth769.52 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:02 PM982 km610 miles530 nmWest W
PapeeteWed 12:02 PM1962 km1219 miles1059 nmSouth S
HonoluluWed 12:02 PM2542 km1579 miles1372 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaWed 12:02 PM2659 km1652 miles1436 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoThu 11:02 AM2714 km1687 miles1466 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Thu 12:02 PM2981 km1852 miles1610 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandWed 10:02 AM3095 km1923 miles1671 nmWest W
AlofiWed 11:02 AM3148 km1956 miles1700 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownWed 2:02 PM3436 km2135 miles1855 nmSoutheast SE
FunafutiThu 10:02 AM3689 km2292 miles1992 nmWest-southwest WSW
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