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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 22:50:00 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 22:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 04' North, Longitude: 163° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.29 meters/second, 1667.8 km/hour, 1036.3 miles/hour or 900.6 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"1036.34 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1036.35 mi
24 hours0° 05' 21.7"6.17 miwest0° 23' 05.7"26.45 misouth27.16 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 22:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 47' South, Longitude: 43° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.24 meters/second, 1538.0 km/hour, 955.7 miles/hour or 830.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.5"15.93 miwest0° 00' 06.4"0.12 minorth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 25' 35.5"955.48 miwest0° 06' 33.8"7.52 minorth955.78 mi
24 hours13° 35' 02.8"899.71 mieast3° 05' 54.1"213.03 minorth931.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 12:50 PM716 km445 miles387 nmEast E
Baker IslandSat 10:50 AM1461 km908 miles789 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoSun 11:50 AM1611 km1001 miles870 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ApiaSun 11:50 AM2072 km1288 miles1119 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HonoluluSat 12:50 PM2115 km1314 miles1142 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FunafutiSun 10:50 AM2292 km1424 miles1237 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiSat 11:50 AM2540 km1578 miles1371 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaSun 10:50 AM2603 km1617 miles1405 nmWest W
RarotongaSat 12:50 PM2721 km1690 miles1469 nmSouth S
PapeeteSat 12:50 PM2754 km1711 miles1487 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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