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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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 22:02:00 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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 22:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 47' North, Longitude: 150° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.77 meters/second, 1640.8 km/hour, 1019.5 miles/hour or 885.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.99 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.99 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.3"1019.43 miwest0° 00' 52.4"1.00 minorth1019.41 mi
24 hours0° 03' 19.3"3.76 miwest0° 20' 52.0"23.91 minorth24.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 22:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 02' North, Longitude: 64° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.71 meters/second, 1547.0 km/hour, 961.2 miles/hour or 835.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.02 miwest0° 00' 05.6"0.11 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 31' 49.5"961.00 miwest0° 05' 44.0"6.57 misouth961.27 mi
24 hours11° 12' 09.3"740.98 mieast2° 38' 38.4"181.80 misouth767.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:02 PM1232 km766 miles665 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluWed 12:02 PM1398 km868 miles755 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Baker IslandWed 10:02 AM3089 km1920 miles1668 nmWest-southwest WSW
PapeeteWed 12:02 PM3134 km1947 miles1692 nmSouth S
FakaofoThu 11:02 AM3188 km1981 miles1721 nmSouthwest SW
MidwayWed 11:02 AM3391 km2107 miles1831 nmNorthwest NW
ApiaThu 11:02 AM3585 km2228 miles1936 nmSouthwest SW
RarotongaWed 12:02 PM3679 km2286 miles1987 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AlofiWed 11:02 AM3919 km2435 miles2116 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiThu 10:02 AM3963 km2462 miles2140 nmWest-southwest WSW
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