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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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 22:40:00 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 Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 23' South, Longitude: 164° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.38 meters/second, 1617.8 km/hour, 1005.2 miles/hour or 873.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.75 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.1"1005.05 miwest0° 00' 48.0"0.92 misouth1005.02 mi
24 hours0° 00' 19.5"0.36 miwest0° 19' 07.7"21.92 misouth21.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 50' South, Longitude: 163° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.28 meters/second, 1610.2 km/hour, 1000.5 miles/hour or 869.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.67 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.5"1000.40 miwest0° 10' 47.0"12.35 misouth1000.34 mi
24 hours11° 56' 12.3"822.75 mieast4° 13' 18.0"290.11 misouth869.28 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Pago PagoThu 11:40 AM713 km443 miles385 nmWest W
AlofiThu 11:40 AM807 km501 miles436 nmSouthwest SW
Apia *Fri 12:40 PM831 km516 miles449 nmWest W
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Fri 12:40 PM880 km547 miles475 nmWest W
RarotongaThu 12:40 PM885 km550 miles478 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FakaofoFri 11:40 AM956 km594 miles516 nmNorthwest NW
NukualofaFri 11:40 AM1393 km866 miles752 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteThu 12:40 PM1593 km990 miles860 nmEast-southeast ESE
Suva *Fri 11:40 AM1913 km1189 miles1033 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiFri 10:40 AM1932 km1201 miles1043 nmWest-northwest WNW
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