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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 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 00:08:00 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 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 00:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 04' North, Longitude: 177° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.53 meters/second, 1596.7 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"991.91 miwest0° 00' 40.6"0.78 minorth991.88 mi
24 hours0° 00' 45.4"0.84 miwest0° 16' 09.2"18.52 minorth18.53 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 00:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 28' North, Longitude: 154° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.50 meters/second, 1585.8 km/hour, 985.4 miles/hour or 856.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.42 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 31' 57.4"985.21 miwest0° 08' 56.7"10.25 minorth985.01 mi
24 hours11° 17' 19.4"765.33 mieast3° 17' 11.4"225.93 minorth793.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Wake IslandWed 12:08 PM1135 km705 miles613 nmWest-northwest WNW
MajuroWed 12:08 PM1273 km791 miles687 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MidwayTue 1:08 PM1356 km843 miles732 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TarawaWed 12:08 PM1790 km1112 miles966 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandTue 12:08 PM1994 km1239 miles1077 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenWed 12:08 PM2247 km1396 miles1213 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PalikirWed 11:08 AM2348 km1459 miles1268 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluTue 2:08 PM2669 km1659 miles1441 nmEast-northeast ENE
FunafutiWed 12:08 PM2840 km1764 miles1533 nmSouth S
FakaofoWed 1:08 PM3193 km1984 miles1724 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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