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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 18:00:00 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 18:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 54' South, Longitude: 92° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.44 meters/second, 1549.6 km/hour, 962.9 miles/hour or 836.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.05 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.7"962.47 miwest0° 00' 22.5"0.43 misouth962.45 mi
24 hours0° 05' 47.3"6.19 mieast0° 08' 49.8"10.13 misouth11.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 18:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 04' South, Longitude: 110° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.29 meters/second, 1534.6 km/hour, 953.6 miles/hour or 828.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.89 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 24' 57.0"953.30 miwest0° 06' 03.3"6.94 misouth953.07 mi
24 hours14° 20' 54.4"948.85 mieast1° 52' 48.7"129.31 misouth952.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Sun 1:00 PM1779 km1106 miles961 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaSun 1:00 PM1990 km1236 miles1074 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsSun 12:00 Noon2348 km1459 miles1268 nmNorth N
Santiago *Sun 3:00 PM2513 km1561 miles1357 nmSoutheast SE
GuayaquilSun 1:00 PM2581 km1604 miles1394 nmNortheast NE
La PazSun 2:00 PM2648 km1646 miles1430 nmEast E
QuitoSun 1:00 PM2850 km1771 miles1539 nmNortheast NE
SucreSun 2:00 PM2876 km1787 miles1553 nmEast E
Rio BrancoSun 1:00 PM2966 km1843 miles1601 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaSun 3:00 PM3018 km1876 miles1630 nmEast-southeast ESE
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