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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 Thursday, April 18, 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 Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 08' North, Longitude: 165° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.22 meters/second, 1638.8 km/hour, 1018.3 miles/hour or 884.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.97 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.97 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.1"1018.18 miwest0° 00' 51.9"0.99 minorth1018.15 mi
24 hours0° 03' 13.3"3.64 miwest0° 20' 40.5"23.68 minorth23.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 16' North, Longitude: 67° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.72 meters/second, 1568.6 km/hour, 974.7 miles/hour or 847.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.24 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 misouth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 32' 09.8"974.48 miwest0° 07' 35.6"8.70 misouth974.79 mi
24 hours11° 06' 10.6"744.38 mieast3° 20' 30.8"229.73 misouth783.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiFri 1:02 PM1380 km858 miles745 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluThu 1:02 PM1403 km872 miles757 nmNortheast NE
Baker IslandThu 11:02 AM1699 km1056 miles918 nmSouthwest SW
MidwayThu 12:02 PM2248 km1397 miles1214 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FakaofoFri 12:02 PM2349 km1460 miles1269 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroFri 11:02 AM2576 km1601 miles1391 nmWest W
TarawaFri 11:02 AM2588 km1608 miles1398 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiFri 11:02 AM2742 km1704 miles1480 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaFri 12:02 PM2842 km1766 miles1535 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandFri 11:02 AM3100 km1926 miles1674 nmWest-northwest WNW
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