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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 23:02:00 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 23:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' North, Longitude: 163° 41' 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 23:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 28' North, Longitude: 59° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.08 meters/second, 1533.9 km/hour, 953.1 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 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 31' 17.4"952.84 miwest0° 04' 33.4"5.23 misouth953.07 mi
24 hours11° 25' 57.6"750.24 mieast2° 12' 48.6"152.22 misouth770.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 1:02 PM730 km453 miles394 nmEast-northeast ENE
RawakiThu 12:02 PM895 km556 miles483 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoThu 12:02 PM1349 km838 miles729 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 11:02 AM1425 km886 miles770 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 1:02 PM1790 km1112 miles967 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiThu 11:02 AM2128 km1322 miles1149 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiWed 12:02 PM2236 km1389 miles1207 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RarotongaWed 1:02 PM2408 km1496 miles1300 nmSouth S
HonoluluWed 1:02 PM2420 km1504 miles1307 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PapeeteWed 1:02 PM2497 km1552 miles1348 nmSoutheast SE
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