Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 05:50:00 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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 05:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 10' South, Longitude: 88° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.83 meters/second, 1619.4 km/hour, 1006.2 miles/hour or 874.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.77 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.77 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.3"1006.07 miwest0° 00' 48.4"0.93 misouth1006.04 mi
24 hours0° 00' 28.0"0.52 miwest0° 19' 17.4"22.10 misouth22.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 05:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 48' South, Longitude: 48° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.08 meters/second, 1616.7 km/hour, 1004.6 miles/hour or 872.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.74 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 42.3"1004.45 miwest0° 10' 50.4"12.41 misouth1004.48 mi
24 hours11° 32' 49.5"798.33 mieast4° 19' 21.8"297.02 misouth850.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaThu 11:50 AM1904 km1183 miles1028 nmWest-northwest WNW
BengkuluThu 12:50 PM1905 km1184 miles1029 nmNortheast NE
JakartaThu 12:50 PM2201 km1368 miles1189 nmEast-northeast ENE
BandungThu 12:50 PM2247 km1396 miles1213 nmEast-northeast ENE
Kuala LumpurThu 1:50 PM2411 km1498 miles1302 nmNortheast NE
SingaporeThu 1:50 PM2412 km1499 miles1302 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteThu 11:20 AM2510 km1560 miles1355 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ColomboThu 11:20 AM2515 km1563 miles1358 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaleThu 10:50 AM2612 km1623 miles1410 nmNorthwest NW
PontianakThu 12:50 PM2786 km1731 miles1504 nmEast-northeast ENE
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools