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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, September 13, 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 Friday, September 13, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 28' North, Longitude: 148° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.10 meters/second, 1667.2 km/hour, 1035.9 miles/hour or 900.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1035.93 miwest0° 00' 57.4"1.10 misouth1035.93 mi
24 hours0° 05' 20.8"6.15 miwest0° 23' 02.2"26.38 misouth27.09 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 13, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 53' South, Longitude: 43° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.94 meters/second, 1519.0 km/hour, 943.9 miles/hour or 820.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.73 miwest0° 00' 03.4"0.07 minorth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 24' 57.7"943.59 miwest0° 03' 35.1"4.11 minorth943.76 mi
24 hours13° 55' 02.5"910.97 mieast1° 59' 47.0"137.30 minorth926.42 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSat 11:50 AM991 km616 miles535 nmWest W
HonoluluFri 11:50 AM2216 km1377 miles1197 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PapeeteFri 11:50 AM2325 km1445 miles1255 nmSouth S
FakaofoSat 10:50 AM2887 km1794 miles1559 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaFri 11:50 AM2993 km1860 miles1616 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandFri 9:50 AM3126 km1942 miles1688 nmWest W
ApiaSat 10:50 AM3198 km1987 miles1727 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiFri 10:50 AM3416 km2123 miles1844 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownFri 1:50 PM3734 km2320 miles2016 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FunafutiSat 9:50 AM3814 km2370 miles2059 nmWest-southwest WSW
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