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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 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 Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 22:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 35' North, Longitude: 161° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.90 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.7 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"1037.72 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.72 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.5"5.20 miwest0° 23' 39.9"27.10 minorth27.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 22:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 16' North, Longitude: 45° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.32 meters/second, 1552.7 km/hour, 964.8 miles/hour or 838.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.08 miwest0° 00' 06.4"0.12 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 31' 32.9"964.60 miwest0° 06' 32.8"7.51 misouth964.90 mi
24 hours11° 20' 25.5"753.14 mieast2° 58' 15.2"204.26 misouth785.48 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiFri 12:52 PM458 km285 miles247 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoFri 11:52 AM1561 km970 miles843 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandThu 10:52 AM1696 km1054 miles916 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 12:52 PM1972 km1226 miles1065 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluThu 12:52 PM2322 km1443 miles1254 nmNorth N
AlofiThu 11:52 AM2370 km1473 miles1280 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PapeeteThu 12:52 PM2379 km1478 miles1284 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FunafutiFri 10:52 AM2390 km1485 miles1290 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaThu 12:52 PM2419 km1503 miles1306 nmSouth S
NukualofaFri 11:52 AM2843 km1766 miles1535 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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