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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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 00:02:00 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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 13' North, Longitude: 178° 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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 23' North, Longitude: 73° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.27 meters/second, 1534.6 km/hour, 953.5 miles/hour or 828.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.89 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 31' 18.1"953.28 miwest0° 04' 38.6"5.33 misouth953.51 mi
24 hours11° 25' 42.0"750.29 mieast2° 14' 48.9"154.52 misouth770.61 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Howland IslandWed 12:02 PM239 km148 miles129 nmEast-northeast ENE
Baker IslandWed 12:02 PM245 km152 miles132 nmEast E
TarawaThu 12:02 PM936 km581 miles505 nmWest W
RawakiThu 1:02 PM987 km613 miles533 nmEast-southeast ESE
FunafutiThu 12:02 PM993 km617 miles536 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoThu 1:02 PM1343 km835 miles725 nmSoutheast SE
MajuroThu 12:02 PM1360 km845 miles735 nmNorthwest NW
YarenThu 12:02 PM1606 km998 miles867 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 2:02 PM1730 km1075 miles934 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SuvaThu 12:02 PM2054 km1276 miles1109 nmSouth S
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