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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, June 28, 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, June 28, 2013 at 04:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 16' North, Longitude: 120° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.26 meters/second, 1534.6 km/hour, 953.5 miles/hour or 828.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"15.89 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.4"953.10 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth953.11 mi
24 hours0° 03' 01.8"3.21 mieast0° 03' 04.0"3.52 misouth4.76 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, June 28, 2013 at 04:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 01' South, Longitude: 4° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.79 meters/second, 1612.0 km/hour, 1001.7 miles/hour or 870.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.9"16.69 miwest0° 00' 11.7"0.22 minorth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 30' 01.5"1001.61 miwest0° 11' 45.6"13.47 minorth1001.79 mi
24 hours11° 45' 29.7"812.20 mieast4° 39' 42.9"320.31 minorth873.87 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 Noon44 km27 miles24 nmWest-southwest WSW
TaichungFri 12:00 Noon99 km61 miles53 nmNorth N
HsinchuFri 12:00 Noon171 km106 miles92 nmNorth N
Taoyuan CityFri 12:00 Noon197 km123 miles107 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TaipeiFri 12:00 Noon211 km131 miles114 nmNorth-northeast NNE
XiamenFri 12:00 Noon308 km191 miles166 nmWest-northwest WNW
FoochowFri 12:00 Noon347 km215 miles187 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ShantouFri 12:00 Noon423 km263 miles228 nmWest W
ShenzhenFri 12:00 Noon680 km422 miles367 nmWest W
KowloonFri 12:00 Noon681 km423 miles368 nmWest W
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