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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 23:38:00 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 Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 23:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 20' North, Longitude: 175° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.90 meters/second, 1594.5 km/hour, 990.7 miles/hour or 860.9 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"990.49 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.76 minorth990.46 mi
24 hours0° 00' 37.0"0.68 miwest0° 15' 52.2"18.19 minorth18.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 23:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 41' North, Longitude: 172° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.62 meters/second, 1564.6 km/hour, 972.2 miles/hour or 844.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.20 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 minorth16.20 mi
1 hour14° 31' 34.4"972.00 miwest0° 07' 24.1"8.48 minorth971.77 mi
24 hours348° 32' 54.7"766.31 miwest2° 36' 31.3"179.38 minorth782.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayWed 12:38 PM1221 km759 miles660 nmNorth N
MajuroThu 11:38 AM1842 km1145 miles995 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluWed 1:38 PM1893 km1176 miles1022 nmEast-northeast ENE
Baker IslandWed 11:38 AM1900 km1181 miles1026 nmSouth S
Wake IslandThu 11:38 AM1911 km1187 miles1032 nmWest W
TarawaThu 11:38 AM2172 km1350 miles1173 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiThu 1:38 PM2613 km1624 miles1411 nmSoutheast SE
YarenThu 11:38 AM2770 km1721 miles1496 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiThu 11:38 AM2920 km1815 miles1577 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoThu 12:38 PM2989 km1857 miles1614 nmSouth S
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