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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 21:40:00 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 14, 2013 at 21:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 05' North, Longitude: 146° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.28 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"1036.32 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1036.33 mi
24 hours0° 05' 21.6"6.17 miwest0° 23' 05.5"26.45 misouth27.16 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 21:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 54' South, Longitude: 26° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.93 meters/second, 1537.0 km/hour, 955.0 miles/hour or 829.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.92 miwest0° 00' 06.3"0.12 minorth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 25' 33.0"954.80 miwest0° 06' 26.0"7.38 minorth955.10 mi
24 hours13° 36' 10.2"900.35 mieast3° 03' 06.8"209.84 minorth931.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 11:40 AM1250 km777 miles675 nmWest W
PapeeteSat 11:40 AM2311 km1436 miles1248 nmSouth S
HonoluluSat 11:40 AM2382 km1480 miles1286 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaSat 11:40 AM3072 km1909 miles1659 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoSun 10:40 AM3104 km1929 miles1676 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandSat 9:40 AM3389 km2106 miles1830 nmWest W
ApiaSun 10:40 AM3391 km2107 miles1831 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownSat 1:40 PM3565 km2215 miles1925 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AlofiSat 10:40 AM3572 km2220 miles1929 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiSun 9:40 AM4052 km2518 miles2188 nmWest-southwest WSW
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