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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 23:58:00 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 23:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 48' North, Longitude: 179° 39' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.18 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"993.37 miwest0° 00' 41.3"0.79 minorth993.34 mi
24 hours0° 00' 54.2"1.00 miwest0° 16' 26.4"18.84 minorth18.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 6, 2013 at 23:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 35' North, Longitude: 145° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.62 meters/second, 1604.2 km/hour, 996.8 miles/hour or 866.2 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 minorth16.61 mi
1 hour14° 32' 11.4"996.70 miwest0° 10' 09.6"11.64 minorth996.57 mi
24 hours11° 09' 36.7"765.22 mieast3° 50' 46.8"264.35 minorth805.82 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayMon 12:58 PM1301 km808 miles702 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Wake IslandTue 11:58 AM1403 km872 miles757 nmWest-northwest WNW
MajuroTue 11:58 AM1408 km875 miles760 nmSouthwest SW
TarawaTue 11:58 AM1850 km1150 miles999 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandMon 11:58 AM1885 km1171 miles1018 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenTue 11:58 AM2372 km1474 miles1281 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluMon 1:58 PM2418 km1503 miles1306 nmEast-northeast ENE
PalikirTue 10:58 AM2579 km1603 miles1393 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiTue 11:58 AM2800 km1740 miles1512 nmSouth S
KiritimatiTue 1:58 PM3014 km1873 miles1627 nmEast-southeast ESE
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