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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, September 14, 2013 at 20:50:00 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, September 14, 2013 at 20:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 06' North, Longitude: 133° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.27 meters/second, 1667.8 km/hour, 1036.3 miles/hour or 900.5 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' 13.4"1036.31 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1036.31 mi
24 hours0° 05' 21.6"6.17 miwest0° 23' 05.4"26.44 misouth27.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 20:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 59' South, Longitude: 14° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.72 meters/second, 1536.2 km/hour, 954.6 miles/hour or 829.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.91 miwest0° 00' 06.2"0.12 minorth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 25' 31.4"954.33 miwest0° 06' 20.5"7.27 minorth954.62 mi
24 hours13° 36' 58.1"900.81 mieast3° 01' 06.2"207.54 minorth931.03 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 10:50 AM2637 km1639 miles1424 nmWest W
PapeeteSat 10:50 AM2874 km1786 miles1552 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownSat 12:50 PM3139 km1951 miles1695 nmSouth S
HonoluluSat 10:50 AM3306 km2054 miles1785 nmNorthwest NW
HermosilloSat 1:50 PM3744 km2327 miles2022 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Sat 1:50 PM3781 km2350 miles2042 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaSat 10:50 AM3918 km2435 miles2116 nmSouthwest SW
San Francisco *Sat 1:50 PM4006 km2489 miles2163 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PhoenixSat 1:50 PM4041 km2511 miles2182 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Las Vegas *Sat 1:50 PM4123 km2562 miles2226 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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