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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, October 5, 2013 at 23:20:00 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, October 5, 2013 at 23:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 05' South, Longitude: 172° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.11 meters/second, 1663.6 km/hour, 1033.7 miles/hour or 898.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.23 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.23 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.9"1033.69 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.68 mi
24 hours0° 04' 21.8"5.01 miwest0° 23' 00.0"26.34 misouth26.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 23:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 41' South, Longitude: 162° 19' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.22 meters/second, 1584.8 km/hour, 984.7 miles/hour or 855.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.0"16.41 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 misouth16.41 mi
1 hour14° 29' 04.1"984.55 miwest0° 09' 39.9"11.07 misouth984.35 mi
24 hours12° 39' 06.1"859.99 mieast3° 34' 50.9"246.14 misouth889.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RawakiSun 12:20 PM290 km180 miles156 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoSun 12:20 PM509 km317 miles275 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandSat 11:20 AM704 km438 miles380 nmNorthwest NW
FunafutiSun 11:20 AM946 km588 miles511 nmWest-southwest WSW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sun 1:20 PM960 km597 miles518 nmSouth S
Apia *Sun 1:20 PM976 km606 miles527 nmSouth S
AlofiSat 12:20 PM1579 km981 miles853 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TarawaSun 11:20 AM1721 km1069 miles929 nmWest-northwest WNW
SuvaSun 11:20 AM1722 km1070 miles930 nmSouth-southwest SSW
NukualofaSun 12:20 PM1792 km1114 miles968 nmSouth S
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