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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, May 2, 2013 at 23:14:00 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, May 2, 2013 at 23:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 39' North, Longitude: 169° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.78 meters/second, 1608.4 km/hour, 999.4 miles/hour or 868.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.66 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.66 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.9"999.22 miwest0° 00' 44.0"0.84 minorth999.19 mi
24 hours0° 01' 29.1"1.65 miwest0° 17' 32.1"20.09 minorth20.16 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 23:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 04' South, Longitude: 110° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.22 meters/second, 1588.4 km/hour, 987.0 miles/hour or 857.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.3"16.45 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 minorth16.45 mi
1 hour14° 29' 23.4"986.87 miwest0° 10' 20.8"11.85 minorth987.21 mi
24 hours11° 58' 13.6"815.31 mieast4° 18' 19.2"295.87 minorth871.70 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluThu 1:14 PM1358 km844 miles733 nmEast-northeast ENE
MidwayThu 12:14 PM1622 km1008 miles876 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Baker IslandThu 11:14 AM1884 km1170 miles1017 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiFri 1:14 PM2010 km1249 miles1085 nmSoutheast SE
MajuroFri 11:14 AM2327 km1446 miles1256 nmWest-southwest WSW
TarawaFri 11:14 AM2503 km1555 miles1352 nmSouthwest SW
Wake IslandFri 11:14 AM2587 km1607 miles1397 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoFri 12:14 PM2775 km1724 miles1498 nmSouth S
FunafutiFri 11:14 AM2959 km1838 miles1597 nmSouth-southwest SSW
YarenFri 11:14 AM3171 km1971 miles1712 nmWest-southwest WSW
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