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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 Monday, September 23, 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 Monday, September 23, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' South, Longitude: 132° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 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' 13.0"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 13.7"6.03 miwest0° 23' 21.5"26.75 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 23, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 28' North, Longitude: 98° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.98 meters/second, 1540.7 km/hour, 957.4 miles/hour or 831.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.96 miwest0° 00' 04.9"0.09 minorth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 30' 16.8"957.12 miwest0° 04' 50.6"5.55 minorth956.92 mi
24 hours11° 51' 58.7"783.08 mieast1° 30' 41.1"103.95 minorth786.64 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteMon 10:44 AM2628 km1633 miles1419 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiTue 10:44 AM2725 km1693 miles1471 nmWest W
AdamstownMon 12:44 PM2747 km1707 miles1483 nmSouth S
HonoluluMon 10:44 AM3619 km2249 miles1954 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaMon 10:44 AM3716 km2309 miles2007 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Mon 3:44 PM3886 km2415 miles2099 nmSoutheast SE
HermosilloMon 1:44 PM4012 km2493 miles2166 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Los Angeles *Mon 1:44 PM4110 km2554 miles2219 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Mon 3:44 PM4293 km2668 miles2318 nmEast-northeast ENE
PhoenixMon 1:44 PM4337 km2695 miles2342 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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