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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 Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 21:50:00 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 Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 08' North, Longitude: 146° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 451.84 meters/second, 1626.6 km/hour, 1010.7 miles/hour or 878.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.85 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.85 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.2"1010.58 miwest0° 00' 48.2"0.92 misouth1010.61 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.2"3.80 miwest0° 19' 26.1"22.27 misouth22.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 36' South, Longitude: 12° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.11 meters/second, 1519.6 km/hour, 944.2 miles/hour or 820.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.8"15.74 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 23' 54.2"943.98 miwest0° 04' 41.0"5.37 minorth944.21 mi
24 hours14° 18' 31.6"938.11 mieast2° 27' 16.1"168.79 minorth959.52 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluSat 11:50 AM1507 km936 miles814 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiSun 11:50 AM1725 km1072 miles932 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteSat 11:50 AM3409 km2118 miles1841 nmSouth S
Baker IslandSat 9:50 AM3602 km2238 miles1945 nmWest-southwest WSW
MidwaySat 10:50 AM3607 km2241 miles1947 nmWest-northwest WNW
San Francisco *Sat 2:50 PM3625 km2252 miles1957 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Sat 2:50 PM3675 km2284 miles1985 nmNortheast NE
FakaofoSun 10:50 AM3696 km2297 miles1996 nmSouthwest SW
Las Vegas *Sat 2:50 PM4037 km2508 miles2180 nmNortheast NE
RarotongaSat 11:50 AM4069 km2528 miles2197 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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