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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 23:02:00 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 23:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 48' North, Longitude: 165° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.75 meters/second, 1640.7 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"1019.38 miwest0° 00' 52.4"1.00 minorth1019.36 mi
24 hours0° 03' 19.1"3.76 miwest0° 20' 51.6"23.90 minorth24.19 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 57' North, Longitude: 78° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.94 meters/second, 1547.8 km/hour, 961.7 miles/hour or 835.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.03 miwest0° 00' 05.7"0.11 misouth16.03 mi
1 hour14° 31' 50.4"961.51 miwest0° 05' 48.6"6.66 misouth961.78 mi
24 hours11° 11' 49.7"741.00 mieast2° 40' 26.0"183.85 misouth768.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 1:02 PM1348 km838 miles728 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluWed 1:02 PM1431 km889 miles772 nmNortheast NE
Baker IslandWed 11:02 AM1677 km1042 miles905 nmSouthwest SW
MidwayWed 12:02 PM2284 km1419 miles1233 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FakaofoThu 12:02 PM2314 km1438 miles1249 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroThu 11:02 AM2578 km1602 miles1392 nmWest W
TarawaThu 11:02 AM2579 km1603 miles1393 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiThu 11:02 AM2715 km1687 miles1466 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaThu 12:02 PM2806 km1744 miles1515 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandThu 11:02 AM3119 km1938 miles1684 nmWest-northwest WNW
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