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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 26, 2013 at 23:40:00 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 Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 23:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 45' South, Longitude: 179° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 452.49 meters/second, 1629.0 km/hour, 1012.2 miles/hour or 879.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.87 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.87 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.4"1012.04 miwest0° 00' 50.7"0.97 misouth1012.02 mi
24 hours0° 01' 18.4"1.47 miwest0° 20' 12.1"23.15 misouth23.19 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 23:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 11' North, Longitude: 94° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.13 meters/second, 1570.1 km/hour, 975.6 miles/hour or 847.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.6"16.26 miwest0° 00' 07.0"0.13 misouth16.26 mi
1 hour14° 32' 40.6"975.40 miwest0° 06' 59.0"8.00 misouth975.69 mi
24 hours10° 51' 21.0"728.08 mieast3° 04' 17.0"211.13 misouth762.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mata-UtuSun 11:40 AM315 km196 miles170 nmEast-southeast ESE
Labasa *Sun 12:40 PM442 km275 miles239 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiSun 11:40 AM507 km315 miles274 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Levuka *Sun 12:40 PM592 km368 miles320 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Suva *Sun 12:40 PM655 km407 miles354 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Lautoka *Sun 12:40 PM657 km408 miles355 nmSouthwest SW
Nadi *Sun 12:40 PM677 km421 miles366 nmSouthwest SW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sun 1:40 PM745 km463 miles402 nmEast E
Apia *Sun 1:40 PM794 km494 miles429 nmEast E
NeiafuSun 12:40 PM846 km526 miles457 nmSoutheast SE
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