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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 Friday, November 1, 2013 at 20:40:00 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 Friday, November 1, 2013 at 20:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 41' South, Longitude: 134° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.78 meters/second, 1615.6 km/hour, 1003.9 miles/hour or 872.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.73 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour15° 00' 00.6"1003.72 miwest0° 00' 47.5"0.91 misouth1003.69 mi
24 hours0° 00' 08.4"0.16 miwest0° 18' 54.5"21.67 misouth21.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, November 1, 2013 at 20:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 43' South, Longitude: 155° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.01 meters/second, 1594.8 km/hour, 991.0 miles/hour or 861.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.5"16.52 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 29' 28.7"990.82 miwest0° 10' 16.1"11.76 misouth990.66 mi
24 hours12° 32' 12.9"857.21 mieast3° 53' 49.4"267.85 misouth893.19 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeFri 11:10 AM861 km535 miles465 nmNorthwest NW
Gambier IslandsFri 11:40 AM940 km584 miles507 nmSouth S
AdamstownFri 12:40 PM1223 km760 miles660 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PapeeteFri 10:40 AM1684 km1046 miles909 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaFri 10:40 AM2811 km1747 miles1518 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Fri 3:40 PM2911 km1809 miles1572 nmEast-southeast ESE
KiritimatiSat 10:40 AM3148 km1956 miles1700 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiFri 9:40 AM3841 km2386 miles2074 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Sat 10:40 AM4062 km2524 miles2193 nmWest W
FakaofoSat 9:40 AM4081 km2536 miles2204 nmWest W
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