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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 Friday, May 31, 2013 at 04:00:00 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 Friday, May 31, 2013 at 04:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 56' North, Longitude: 119° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.43 meters/second, 1549.6 km/hour, 962.8 miles/hour or 836.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.05 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.5"962.46 miwest0° 00' 21.1"0.40 minorth962.44 mi
24 hours0° 02' 14.4"2.40 mieast0° 08' 17.5"9.51 minorth9.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, May 31, 2013 at 04:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 02' South, Longitude: 23° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.98 meters/second, 1605.5 km/hour, 997.6 miles/hour or 866.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.0"16.63 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 minorth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 05.3"997.54 miwest0° 11' 17.3"12.93 minorth997.79 mi
24 hours11° 42' 45.7"805.71 mieast4° 33' 29.3"313.20 minorth866.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KaohsiungFri 12:00 Noon164 km102 miles88 nmNortheast NE
TaichungFri 12:00 Noon277 km172 miles150 nmNorth-northeast NNE
XiamenFri 12:00 Noon312 km194 miles168 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ShantouFri 12:00 Noon323 km201 miles174 nmWest-northwest WNW
HsinchuFri 12:00 Noon356 km221 miles192 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Taoyuan CityFri 12:00 Noon391 km243 miles211 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TaipeiFri 12:00 Noon408 km254 miles220 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FoochowFri 12:00 Noon460 km286 miles248 nmNorth N
KowloonFri 12:00 Noon535 km332 miles289 nmWest W
ShenzhenFri 12:00 Noon542 km337 miles292 nmWest W
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