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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 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 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 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 47' North, Longitude: 132° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.90 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.7 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1037.72 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.72 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.6"6.14 miwest0° 23' 19.0"26.70 misouth27.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 02' North, Longitude: 62° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.10 meters/second, 1598.8 km/hour, 993.4 miles/hour or 863.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.0"16.56 miwest0° 00' 10.3"0.20 minorth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 30' 08.0"993.31 miwest0° 10' 21.1"11.86 minorth993.17 mi
24 hours11° 55' 24.0"816.68 mieast3° 51' 52.7"265.61 minorth854.51 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteFri 10:44 AM2743 km1705 miles1481 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiSat 10:44 AM2745 km1706 miles1482 nmWest W
AdamstownFri 12:44 PM2873 km1785 miles1551 nmSouth S
HonoluluFri 10:44 AM3554 km2208 miles1919 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaFri 10:44 AM3822 km2375 miles2064 nmSouthwest SW
HermosilloFri 1:44 PM3889 km2417 miles2100 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Fri 3:44 PM3970 km2467 miles2144 nmSoutheast SE
Los Angeles *Fri 1:44 PM3979 km2472 miles2148 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Fri 3:44 PM4200 km2610 miles2268 nmEast-northeast ENE
PhoenixFri 1:44 PM4209 km2616 miles2273 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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