Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 22:40:00 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, September 7, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 44' North, Longitude: 160° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.64 meters/second, 1661.9 km/hour, 1032.7 miles/hour or 897.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.21 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.21 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.8"1032.63 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 misouth1032.64 mi
24 hours0° 05' 09.5"5.92 miwest0° 22' 35.5"25.87 misouth26.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 49' South, Longitude: 134° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.63 meters/second, 1600.7 km/hour, 994.6 miles/hour or 864.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"16.58 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 30' 41.1"994.46 miwest0° 10' 17.8"11.79 misouth994.33 mi
24 hours11° 57' 33.8"819.59 mieast3° 55' 38.0"269.91 misouth858.62 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 12:40 PM556 km346 miles300 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluSat 12:40 PM1748 km1086 miles944 nmNorth N
Baker IslandSat 10:40 AM1873 km1164 miles1012 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoSun 11:40 AM2048 km1272 miles1106 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaSun 11:40 AM2494 km1550 miles1346 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiSun 10:40 AM2744 km1705 miles1482 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteSat 12:40 PM2842 km1766 miles1534 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AlofiSat 11:40 AM2927 km1819 miles1580 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaSun 10:40 AM2977 km1850 miles1607 nmWest W
RarotongaSat 12:40 PM2983 km1854 miles1611 nmSouth S
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools