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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 06:30:00 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 06:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 50' South, Longitude: 79° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.66 meters/second, 1550.4 km/hour, 963.4 miles/hour or 837.1 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' 45.8"962.97 miwest0° 00' 23.0"0.44 misouth962.95 mi
24 hours0° 05' 42.8"6.12 mieast0° 09' 02.0"10.36 misouth12.03 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 06:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 47' South, Longitude: 55° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.58 meters/second, 1546.5 km/hour, 960.9 miles/hour or 835.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"16.02 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 25' 54.2"960.67 miwest0° 07' 13.1"8.27 misouth960.42 mi
24 hours14° 00' 45.3"932.78 mieast2° 24' 38.5"165.78 misouth941.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Amsterdam IslandSun 11:30 AM1782 km1108 miles962 nmSouth S
Diego GarciaSun 12:30 PM1787 km1111 miles965 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port LouisSun 10:30 AM2320 km1442 miles1253 nmWest W
Saint-DenisSun 10:30 AM2521 km1566 miles1361 nmWest W
MaleSun 11:30 AM2956 km1837 miles1596 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port-aux-FrancaisSun 11:30 AM3168 km1968 miles1710 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSun 12:00 Noon3177 km1974 miles1715 nmNorth N
VictoriaSun 10:30 AM3240 km2013 miles1750 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoSun 9:30 AM3375 km2097 miles1823 nmWest W
JakartaSun 1:30 PM3389 km2106 miles1830 nmEast-northeast ENE
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