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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 Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 00:40:00 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 Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 00:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 48' South, Longitude: 167° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.77 meters/second, 1550.8 km/hour, 963.6 miles/hour or 837.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.06 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.06 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.9"963.22 miwest0° 00' 23.2"0.45 misouth963.20 mi
24 hours0° 05' 40.5"6.08 mieast0° 09' 08.1"10.48 misouth12.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 00:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 03' South, Longitude: 139° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.34 meters/second, 1552.8 km/hour, 964.9 miles/hour or 838.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.4"16.08 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 26' 24.7"964.63 miwest0° 07' 44.4"8.87 misouth964.38 mi
24 hours13° 49' 28.5"923.52 mieast2° 39' 17.7"182.56 misouth935.41 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaSun 11:40 AM97 km60 miles52 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port VilaSun 11:40 AM463 km288 miles250 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LuganvilleSun 11:40 AM695 km432 miles375 nmNorth N
KingstonSun 12:10 PM807 km502 miles436 nmSouth S
Suva *Sun 1:40 PM1239 km770 miles669 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrisbaneSun 10:40 AM1569 km975 miles847 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraSun 11:40 AM1574 km978 miles850 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Auckland *Sun 1:40 PM1820 km1131 miles983 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NukualofaSun 1:40 PM1821 km1132 miles983 nmEast E
FunafutiSun 12:40 PM1951 km1212 miles1054 nmNortheast NE
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