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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 23:50:00 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 23:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 43' South, Longitude: 179° 38' East

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 misouth1034.26 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.5"5.12 miwest0° 23' 03.7"26.41 misouth26.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 4, 2013 at 23:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 41' South, Longitude: 178° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.58 meters/second, 1604.1 km/hour, 996.7 miles/hour or 866.1 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' 22.9"996.59 miwest0° 10' 35.3"12.13 misouth996.48 mi
24 hours347° 54' 07.3"831.14 miwest4° 04' 30.3"280.06 misouth873.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiSat 11:50 AM423 km263 miles229 nmSouth S
Baker IslandFri 11:50 AM694 km431 miles375 nmNortheast NE
TarawaSat 11:50 AM1002 km622 miles541 nmNorthwest NW
FakaofoSat 12:50 PM1133 km704 miles612 nmEast-southeast ESE
Apia *Sat 1:50 PM1381 km858 miles746 nmSoutheast SE
YarenSat 11:50 AM1487 km924 miles803 nmWest-northwest WNW
SuvaSat 11:50 AM1491 km926 miles805 nmSouth S
MajuroSat 11:50 AM1612 km1002 miles870 nmNorthwest NW
Port VilaSat 10:50 AM1896 km1178 miles1024 nmSouthwest SW
NukualofaSat 12:50 PM1901 km1181 miles1026 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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