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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 21, 2013 at 20:54:00 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 21, 2013 at 20:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' North, Longitude: 135° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.94 meters/second, 1670.2 km/hour, 1037.8 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"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 17.9"6.11 miwest0° 23' 20.1"26.72 misouth27.41 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 20:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 55' North, Longitude: 72° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.91 meters/second, 1580.1 km/hour, 981.8 miles/hour or 853.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.36 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 minorth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 30' 13.9"981.64 miwest0° 08' 49.3"10.11 minorth981.43 mi
24 hours11° 54' 12.7"805.68 mieast3° 10' 44.1"218.54 minorth829.84 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 10:54 AM2460 km1529 miles1328 nmWest W
PapeeteSat 10:54 AM2526 km1570 miles1364 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownSat 12:54 PM2871 km1784 miles1550 nmSouth S
HonoluluSat 10:54 AM3373 km2096 miles1821 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaSat 10:54 AM3580 km2225 miles1933 nmSouthwest SW
HermosilloSat 1:54 PM4092 km2543 miles2210 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Sat 3:54 PM4117 km2558 miles2223 nmSoutheast SE
Los Angeles *Sat 1:54 PM4128 km2565 miles2229 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FakaofoSun 9:54 AM4128 km2565 miles2229 nmWest-southwest WSW
ApiaSun 9:54 AM4319 km2684 miles2332 nmWest-southwest WSW
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