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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 23:38:00 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 23:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 44' North, Longitude: 176° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.91 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"1037.73 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.74 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.3"6.14 miwest0° 23' 19.1"26.70 misouth27.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 20, 2013 at 23:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 32' North, Longitude: 20° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.55 meters/second, 1596.8 km/hour, 992.2 miles/hour or 862.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.54 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 minorth16.54 mi
1 hour14° 30' 09.2"992.08 miwest0° 10' 11.6"11.68 minorth991.92 mi
24 hours11° 55' 07.9"815.35 mieast3° 47' 25.8"260.52 minorth851.54 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Howland IslandFri 11:38 AM47 km29 miles26 nmWest W
Baker IslandFri 11:38 AM67 km41 miles36 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RawakiSat 12:38 PM784 km487 miles423 nmSoutheast SE
FunafutiSat 11:38 AM1142 km710 miles617 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaSat 11:38 AM1205 km748 miles650 nmWest W
FakaofoSat 12:38 PM1245 km773 miles672 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroSat 11:38 AM1569 km975 miles847 nmWest-northwest WNW
ApiaSat 12:38 PM1683 km1046 miles909 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenSat 11:38 AM1885 km1171 miles1018 nmWest W
KiritimatiSat 1:38 PM2103 km1307 miles1136 nmEast E
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