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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 Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 00:00:00 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 Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 00:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 06' South, Longitude: 177° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.10 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"1033.67 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.66 mi
24 hours0° 04' 21.7"5.01 miwest0° 22' 59.9"26.34 misouth26.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 00:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 48' South, Longitude: 171° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.04 meters/second, 1584.1 km/hour, 984.3 miles/hour or 855.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.0"16.40 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.18 misouth16.41 mi
1 hour14° 29' 01.7"984.16 miwest0° 09' 37.6"11.03 misouth983.95 mi
24 hours12° 40' 04.5"860.79 mieast3° 33' 46.8"244.92 misouth889.51 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiSun 12:00 Noon447 km278 miles241 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TarawaSun 12:00 Noon850 km528 miles459 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Baker IslandSat 12:00 Noon927 km576 miles500 nmNortheast NE
YarenSun 12:00 Noon1235 km767 miles667 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoSun 1:00 PM1376 km855 miles743 nmEast-southeast ESE
SuvaSun 12:00 Noon1450 km901 miles783 nmSouth S
MajuroSun 12:00 Noon1503 km934 miles811 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Apia *Sun 2:00 PM1560 km970 miles843 nmSoutheast SE
Port VilaSun 11:00 AM1691 km1051 miles913 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HoniaraSun 11:00 AM1948 km1211 miles1052 nmWest-southwest WSW
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