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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 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 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 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 38' South, Longitude: 134° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.98 meters/second, 1641.5 km/hour, 1020.0 miles/hour or 886.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.00 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.00 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.1"1019.90 miwest0° 00' 53.4"1.02 misouth1019.87 mi
24 hours0° 02' 24.7"2.73 miwest0° 21' 18.1"24.40 misouth24.55 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 20:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 38' North, Longitude: 67° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.78 meters/second, 1547.2 km/hour, 961.4 miles/hour or 835.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.0"16.02 miwest0° 00' 05.6"0.11 minorth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 30' 03.5"961.16 miwest0° 05' 37.9"6.45 minorth960.95 mi
24 hours11° 58' 41.5"794.00 mieast1° 49' 56.6"126.02 minorth800.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeSun 11:14 AM544 km338 miles294 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownSun 12:44 PM1674 km1040 miles904 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PapeeteSun 10:44 AM1765 km1097 miles953 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiMon 10:44 AM2851 km1772 miles1539 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSun 10:44 AM2913 km1810 miles1573 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Sun 3:44 PM3233 km2009 miles1746 nmSoutheast SE
AlofiSun 9:44 AM3883 km2413 miles2097 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoMon 9:44 AM3993 km2481 miles2156 nmWest W
Apia *Mon 10:44 AM4033 km2506 miles2177 nmWest W
HonoluluSun 10:44 AM4339 km2696 miles2343 nmNorthwest NW
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