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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 Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 21:36:00 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 Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 21:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 53' North, Longitude: 143° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.55 meters/second, 1654.4 km/hour, 1028.0 miles/hour or 893.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.13 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.13 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.0"1027.94 miwest0° 00' 55.5"1.06 minorth1027.92 mi
24 hours0° 03' 59.0"4.55 miwest0° 22' 08.7"25.36 minorth25.77 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 21:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 15' North, Longitude: 150° 13' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.69 meters/second, 1600.9 km/hour, 994.7 miles/hour or 864.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.58 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.19 minorth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 31' 45.0"994.62 miwest0° 10' 09.4"11.64 minorth994.47 mi
24 hours11° 19' 52.7"775.72 mieast3° 49' 14.1"262.59 minorth814.87 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiWed 11:36 AM1658 km1030 miles895 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluTue 11:36 AM2130 km1324 miles1150 nmNorthwest NW
PapeeteTue 11:36 AM2886 km1793 miles1559 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoWed 10:36 AM3606 km2241 miles1947 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaTue 11:36 AM3673 km2282 miles1983 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandTue 9:36 AM3741 km2325 miles2020 nmWest-southwest WSW
Los Angeles *Tue 2:36 PM3895 km2420 miles2103 nmNortheast NE
ApiaWed 10:36 AM3928 km2441 miles2121 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownTue 1:36 PM3930 km2442 miles2122 nmSouth-southeast SSE
San Francisco *Tue 2:36 PM3939 km2448 miles2127 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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