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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 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 23:02:00 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 Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 51' North, Longitude: 166° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.12 meters/second, 1580.8 km/hour, 982.3 miles/hour or 853.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.37 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.5"981.99 miwest0° 00' 35.4"0.68 minorth981.97 mi
24 hours0° 00' 13.6"0.25 mieast0° 14' 02.0"16.09 minorth16.09 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 35' North, Longitude: 109° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.49 meters/second, 1542.6 km/hour, 958.5 miles/hour or 832.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"15.97 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 31' 53.9"958.26 miwest0° 05' 12.0"5.96 misouth958.50 mi
24 hours11° 08' 18.7"734.58 mieast2° 25' 47.3"167.08 misouth757.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluTue 1:02 PM935 km581 miles505 nmEast-northeast ENE
MidwayTue 12:02 PM1525 km947 miles823 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiWed 1:02 PM2123 km1319 miles1146 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandTue 11:02 AM2338 km1453 miles1262 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroWed 11:02 AM2747 km1707 miles1483 nmWest-southwest WSW
Wake IslandWed 11:02 AM2833 km1760 miles1530 nmWest W
TarawaWed 11:02 AM2960 km1839 miles1598 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoWed 12:02 PM3165 km1966 miles1709 nmSouth S
FunafutiWed 11:02 AM3413 km2121 miles1843 nmSouth-southwest SSW
YarenWed 11:02 AM3619 km2249 miles1954 nmWest-southwest WSW
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