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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 16, 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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 22:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 26' North, Longitude: 163° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.28 meters/second, 1642.6 km/hour, 1020.7 miles/hour or 886.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.01 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.01 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.6"1020.56 miwest0° 00' 52.8"1.01 minorth1020.54 mi
24 hours0° 03' 24.8"3.87 miwest0° 21' 02.4"24.10 minorth24.41 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 22:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 52' North, Longitude: 87° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.11 meters/second, 1530.4 km/hour, 951.0 miles/hour or 826.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.85 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 31' 26.0"950.68 miwest0° 03' 48.5"4.37 misouth950.87 mi
24 hours11° 20' 53.8"742.90 mieast1° 54' 40.7"131.45 misouth758.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiWed 12:52 PM1142 km709 miles616 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluTue 12:52 PM1327 km824 miles716 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Baker IslandTue 10:52 AM1866 km1159 miles1008 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoWed 11:52 AM2369 km1472 miles1279 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MidwayTue 11:52 AM2470 km1535 miles1334 nmNorthwest NW
TarawaWed 10:52 AM2827 km1757 miles1527 nmWest-southwest WSW
ApiaWed 11:52 AM2851 km1771 miles1539 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroWed 10:52 AM2852 km1772 miles1540 nmWest W
FunafutiWed 10:52 AM2871 km1784 miles1550 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiTue 11:52 AM3347 km2080 miles1807 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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