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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 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 19:54:00 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 Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 19:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 16' South, Longitude: 121° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.36 meters/second, 1556.5 km/hour, 967.2 miles/hour or 840.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.12 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.3"966.79 miwest0° 00' 26.6"0.51 misouth966.76 mi
24 hours0° 05' 07.8"5.51 mieast0° 10' 27.1"11.98 misouth13.19 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 19:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 33' South, Longitude: 172° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.08 meters/second, 1616.7 km/hour, 1004.6 miles/hour or 873.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.74 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 32' 09.4"1004.47 miwest0° 10' 38.0"12.18 misouth1004.47 mi
24 hours348° 36' 37.4"787.05 miwest4° 13' 54.8"290.78 misouth837.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownWed 11:54 AM972 km604 miles525 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Wed 2:54 PM1398 km869 miles755 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteWed 9:54 AM2968 km1844 miles1602 nmWest W
RarotongaWed 9:54 AM3958 km2459 miles2137 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsWed 1:54 PM4135 km2570 miles2233 nmEast-northeast ENE
KiritimatiThu 9:54 AM4661 km2896 miles2517 nmWest-northwest WNW
LimaWed 2:54 PM4840 km3007 miles2613 nmEast E
AlofiWed 8:54 AM5043 km3134 miles2723 nmWest W
Mexico CityWed 1:54 PM5120 km3181 miles2765 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Wed 4:54 PM5160 km3206 miles2786 nmEast-southeast ESE
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