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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 12, 2013 at 23:00:00 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 Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 23:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 44' South, Longitude: 168° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.71 meters/second, 1655.0 km/hour, 1028.4 miles/hour or 893.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.14 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.14 mi
1 hour15° 00' 09.0"1028.30 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 misouth1028.28 mi
24 hours0° 03' 34.7"4.09 miwest0° 22' 22.5"25.63 misouth25.95 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 23:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 24' South, Longitude: 62° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.93 meters/second, 1558.6 km/hour, 968.4 miles/hour or 841.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"16.14 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.16 minorth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 27' 04.3"968.26 miwest0° 08' 11.2"9.38 minorth968.60 mi
24 hours12° 56' 41.3"867.36 mieast3° 37' 49.6"249.56 minorth908.73 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FakaofoSun 12:00 Noon359 km223 miles194 nmWest-southwest WSW
RawakiSun 12:00 Noon512 km318 miles276 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Pago PagoSat 12:00 Noon764 km475 miles413 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Apia *Sun 1:00 PM768 km477 miles415 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sun 1:00 PM784 km487 miles423 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandSat 11:00 AM1253 km779 miles677 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiSat 12:00 Noon1262 km784 miles682 nmSouth S
FunafutiSun 11:00 AM1366 km849 miles738 nmWest W
KiritimatiSun 1:00 PM1625 km1010 miles877 nmNortheast NE
NukualofaSun 12:00 Noon1652 km1027 miles892 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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