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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 11, 2013 at 21:40:00 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 11, 2013 at 21:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 20' South, Longitude: 148° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.13 meters/second, 1656.5 km/hour, 1029.3 miles/hour or 894.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.15 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.15 mi
1 hour15° 00' 09.4"1029.24 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 misouth1029.23 mi
24 hours0° 03' 42.7"4.25 miwest0° 22' 29.3"25.76 misouth26.10 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 21:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 20' South, Longitude: 56° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.13 meters/second, 1534.1 km/hour, 953.2 miles/hour or 828.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"15.89 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 25' 53.2"953.00 miwest0° 05' 41.8"6.53 minorth953.27 mi
24 hours13° 26' 14.0"887.37 mieast2° 45' 06.7"189.22 minorth913.46 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeFri 12:10 PM992 km616 miles536 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteFri 11:40 AM1135 km705 miles613 nmSouth S
KiritimatiSat 11:40 AM1426 km886 miles770 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaFri 11:40 AM1968 km1223 miles1063 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoSat 10:40 AM2530 km1572 miles1366 nmWest W
Apia *Sat 11:40 AM2660 km1653 miles1436 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiFri 10:40 AM2668 km1658 miles1441 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownFri 1:40 PM2759 km1714 miles1490 nmSoutheast SE
Baker IslandFri 9:40 AM3233 km2009 miles1745 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaSat 10:40 AM3267 km2030 miles1764 nmWest-southwest WSW
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