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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 23:58:00 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 23:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 20' North, Longitude: 179° 37' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.89 meters/second, 1594.4 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"990.47 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.76 minorth990.44 mi
24 hours0° 00' 36.9"0.68 miwest0° 15' 51.9"18.19 minorth18.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 23:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 44' North, Longitude: 167° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.54 meters/second, 1564.3 km/hour, 972.0 miles/hour or 844.7 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' 34.1"971.81 miwest0° 07' 22.5"8.45 minorth971.58 mi
24 hours11° 27' 13.4"766.32 mieast2° 35' 53.7"178.66 minorth782.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayWed 12:58 PM1243 km772 miles671 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Wake IslandThu 11:58 AM1387 km862 miles749 nmWest W
MajuroThu 11:58 AM1451 km902 miles784 nmSouthwest SW
TarawaThu 11:58 AM1904 km1183 miles1028 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandWed 11:58 AM1944 km1208 miles1050 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HonoluluWed 1:58 PM2406 km1495 miles1299 nmEast-northeast ENE
YarenThu 11:58 AM2418 km1503 miles1306 nmSouthwest SW
PalikirThu 10:58 AM2600 km1616 miles1404 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiThu 11:58 AM2860 km1777 miles1544 nmSouth S
KiritimatiThu 1:58 PM3048 km1894 miles1646 nmEast-southeast ESE
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