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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 22:48:00 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 22:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 20' North, Longitude: 162° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.93 meters/second, 1594.5 km/hour, 990.8 miles/hour or 861.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.51 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.51 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.7"990.54 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.77 minorth990.51 mi
24 hours0° 00' 37.2"0.69 miwest0° 15' 52.7"18.20 minorth18.21 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 22:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 35' North, Longitude: 175° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.83 meters/second, 1565.4 km/hour, 972.7 miles/hour or 845.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.21 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 minorth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 31' 35.3"972.48 miwest0° 07' 27.7"8.55 minorth972.24 mi
24 hours11° 26' 44.2"766.28 mieast2° 38' 05.0"181.16 minorth782.68 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluWed 12:48 PM688 km428 miles372 nmNortheast NE
KiritimatiThu 12:48 PM1815 km1128 miles980 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MidwayWed 11:48 AM1912 km1188 miles1032 nmNorthwest NW
Baker IslandWed 10:48 AM2410 km1498 miles1302 nmSouthwest SW
MajuroThu 10:48 AM3031 km1884 miles1637 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoThu 11:48 AM3092 km1921 miles1670 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaThu 10:48 AM3172 km1971 miles1713 nmWest-southwest WSW
Wake IslandThu 10:48 AM3224 km2003 miles1741 nmWest W
FunafutiThu 10:48 AM3471 km2157 miles1874 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaThu 11:48 AM3582 km2226 miles1934 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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