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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 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 22:38:00 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 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 22:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 03' North, Longitude: 160° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.57 meters/second, 1596.9 km/hour, 992.2 miles/hour or 862.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.54 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.54 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.0"992.00 miwest0° 00' 40.8"0.78 minorth991.97 mi
24 hours0° 00' 46.0"0.85 miwest0° 16' 10.2"18.54 minorth18.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 22:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 14' North, Longitude: 176° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.86 meters/second, 1587.1 km/hour, 986.2 miles/hour or 857.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.44 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 31' 58.7"986.01 miwest0° 09' 01.9"10.35 minorth985.81 mi
24 hours348° 43' 15.4"765.27 miwest3° 19' 31.9"228.61 minorth794.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluTue 12:38 PM540 km336 miles292 nmNorth-northeast NNE
WailukuTue 12:38 PM588 km365 miles317 nmNortheast NE
HiloTue 12:38 PM631 km392 miles341 nmEast-northeast ENE
KiritimatiWed 12:38 PM1713 km1064 miles925 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MidwayTue 11:38 AM2136 km1327 miles1153 nmNorthwest NW
Baker IslandTue 10:38 AM2568 km1596 miles1387 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoWed 11:38 AM3157 km1962 miles1705 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroWed 10:38 AM3278 km2037 miles1770 nmWest-southwest WSW
TarawaWed 10:38 AM3390 km2107 miles1831 nmWest-southwest WSW
Wake IslandWed 10:38 AM3493 km2170 miles1886 nmWest W
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