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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 22:52:00 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 22:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' North, Longitude: 161° 10' 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' 41.2"27.13 minorth27.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 22:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 28' North, Longitude: 57° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.05 meters/second, 1533.8 km/hour, 953.0 miles/hour or 828.2 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' 17.3"952.77 miwest0° 04' 32.5"5.21 misouth953.00 mi
24 hours11° 26' 00.2"750.24 mieast2° 12' 28.6"151.84 misouth769.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:52 PM466 km289 miles251 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoThu 11:52 AM1537 km955 miles830 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 10:52 AM1704 km1059 miles920 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:52 PM1942 km1207 miles1049 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiWed 11:52 AM2333 km1450 miles1260 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PapeeteWed 12:52 PM2337 km1452 miles1262 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HonoluluWed 12:52 PM2364 km1469 miles1276 nmNorth N
RarotongaWed 12:52 PM2375 km1476 miles1283 nmSouth S
FunafutiThu 10:52 AM2379 km1478 miles1284 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaThu 11:52 AM2810 km1746 miles1517 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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