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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 Friday, March 22, 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 Friday, March 22, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 37' North, Longitude: 178° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.90 meters/second, 1670.0 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' 39.7"27.10 minorth27.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 22, 2013 at 00:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 08' North, Longitude: 62° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.60 meters/second, 1553.8 km/hour, 965.5 miles/hour or 839.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.09 miwest0° 00' 06.5"0.13 misouth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 31' 33.6"965.24 miwest0° 06' 38.4"7.61 misouth965.54 mi
24 hours11° 20' 12.6"753.38 mieast3° 00' 20.5"206.65 misouth786.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Howland IslandThu 12:02 PM239 km148 miles129 nmEast E
Baker IslandThu 12:02 PM257 km160 miles139 nmEast E
TarawaFri 12:02 PM922 km573 miles498 nmWest W
RawakiFri 1:02 PM1015 km630 miles548 nmEast-southeast ESE
FunafutiFri 12:02 PM1034 km643 miles558 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroFri 12:02 PM1329 km826 miles718 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoFri 1:02 PM1383 km859 miles747 nmSoutheast SE
YarenFri 12:02 PM1600 km994 miles864 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 2:02 PM1773 km1102 miles957 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SuvaFri 12:02 PM2096 km1303 miles1132 nmSouth S
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