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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, October 4, 2013 at 23:40:00 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, October 4, 2013 at 23:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 42' South, Longitude: 177° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.37 meters/second, 1664.5 km/hour, 1034.3 miles/hour or 898.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.24 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.24 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.3"1034.28 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.27 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.6"5.12 miwest0° 23' 03.7"26.41 misouth26.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 4, 2013 at 23:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 40' South, Longitude: 179° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.61 meters/second, 1604.2 km/hour, 996.8 miles/hour or 866.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"16.61 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.61 mi
1 hour14° 30' 23.4"996.66 miwest0° 10' 35.6"12.13 misouth996.55 mi
24 hours12° 05' 39.2"830.93 mieast4° 04' 39.6"280.23 misouth872.98 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiSat 11:40 AM531 km330 miles286 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandFri 11:40 AM564 km350 miles304 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RawakiSat 12:40 PM802 km498 miles433 nmEast E
FakaofoSat 12:40 PM896 km557 miles484 nmSoutheast SE
Apia *Sat 1:40 PM1211 km752 miles654 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TarawaSat 11:40 AM1221 km759 miles659 nmWest-northwest WNW
SuvaSat 11:40 AM1539 km956 miles831 nmSouth-southwest SSW
YarenSat 11:40 AM1754 km1090 miles947 nmWest-northwest WNW
MajuroSat 11:40 AM1787 km1111 miles965 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiFri 12:40 PM1806 km1122 miles975 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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