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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 22:42:00 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 22:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' North, Longitude: 158° 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"5.17 miwest0° 23' 41.3"27.13 minorth27.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 22:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 29' North, Longitude: 54° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.01 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' 31.3"15.88 miwest0° 00' 04.5"0.09 misouth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 31' 17.2"952.70 miwest0° 04' 31.7"5.19 misouth952.93 mi
24 hours11° 26' 02.8"750.23 mieast2° 12' 08.5"151.46 misouth769.88 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:42 PM238 km148 miles128 nmNortheast NE
FakaofoThu 11:42 AM1748 km1086 miles944 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 10:42 AM1982 km1232 miles1070 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:42 PM2119 km1317 miles1144 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteWed 12:42 PM2200 km1367 miles1188 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HonoluluWed 12:42 PM2338 km1453 miles1262 nmNorth N
RarotongaWed 12:42 PM2373 km1475 miles1281 nmSouth S
AlofiWed 11:42 AM2458 km1527 miles1327 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiThu 10:42 AM2635 km1637 miles1423 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaThu 11:42 AM2966 km1843 miles1602 nmSouthwest SW
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