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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 01:48:00 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 01:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 06' North, Longitude: 152° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.49 meters/second, 1596.6 km/hour, 992.1 miles/hour or 862.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.53 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.53 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.0"991.81 miwest0° 00' 40.6"0.78 minorth991.78 mi
24 hours0° 00' 44.9"0.83 miwest0° 16' 08.1"18.49 minorth18.51 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 01:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 43' North, Longitude: 130° 02' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.10 meters/second, 1584.4 km/hour, 984.5 miles/hour or 855.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.41 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 minorth16.41 mi
1 hour14° 31' 56.0"984.31 miwest0° 08' 50.7"10.13 minorth984.10 mi
24 hours11° 17' 58.9"765.40 mieast3° 14' 33.0"222.90 minorth792.49 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SaipanWed 11:48 AM713 km443 miles385 nmWest-southwest WSW
HagåtñaWed 11:48 AM887 km551 miles479 nmWest-southwest WSW
PalikirWed 12:48 PM1303 km810 miles704 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Wake IslandWed 1:48 PM1555 km966 miles840 nmEast-northeast ENE
MelekeokWed 10:48 AM2177 km1353 miles1176 nmWest-southwest WSW
MajuroWed 1:48 PM2347 km1458 miles1267 nmEast-southeast ESE
YokohamaWed 10:48 AM2380 km1479 miles1285 nmNorth-northwest NNW
TokyoWed 10:48 AM2400 km1491 miles1296 nmNorth-northwest NNW
JayapuraWed 10:48 AM2508 km1558 miles1354 nmSouth-southwest SSW
NagoyaWed 10:48 AM2509 km1559 miles1355 nmNorthwest NW
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