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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 Monday, May 6, 2013 at 23:38:00 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 Monday, May 6, 2013 at 23:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 48' North, Longitude: 175° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.19 meters/second, 1599.1 km/hour, 993.6 miles/hour or 863.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.56 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.56 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.4"993.39 miwest0° 00' 41.3"0.79 minorth993.36 mi
24 hours0° 00' 54.4"1.00 miwest0° 16' 26.7"18.85 minorth18.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 6, 2013 at 23:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 32' North, Longitude: 150° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.68 meters/second, 1604.4 km/hour, 996.9 miles/hour or 866.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.61 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.19 minorth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 32' 11.4"996.83 miwest0° 10' 10.5"11.65 minorth996.70 mi
24 hours11° 09' 32.2"765.23 mieast3° 51' 10.8"264.80 minorth806.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayMon 12:38 PM1281 km796 miles692 nmNorth N
MajuroTue 11:38 AM1810 km1125 miles977 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandMon 11:38 AM1840 km1143 miles994 nmSouth S
HonoluluMon 1:38 PM1907 km1185 miles1030 nmEast-northeast ENE
Wake IslandTue 11:38 AM1924 km1196 miles1039 nmWest W
TarawaTue 11:38 AM2126 km1321 miles1148 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiTue 1:38 PM2573 km1599 miles1389 nmSoutheast SE
YarenTue 11:38 AM2731 km1697 miles1475 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiTue 11:38 AM2862 km1779 miles1546 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoTue 12:38 PM2929 km1820 miles1581 nmSouth S
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