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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 22:40:00 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 22:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 56' South, Longitude: 162° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.35 meters/second, 1549.3 km/hour, 962.7 miles/hour or 836.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.04 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.6"962.28 miwest0° 00' 22.3"0.43 misouth962.25 mi
24 hours0° 05' 49.1"6.23 mieast0° 08' 44.8"10.03 misouth11.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 31' South, Longitude: 177° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.06 meters/second, 1530.2 km/hour, 950.8 miles/hour or 826.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"15.85 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 24' 35.3"950.55 miwest0° 05' 32.2"6.35 misouth950.33 mi
24 hours14° 28' 04.6"954.38 mieast1° 38' 52.7"113.34 misouth956.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaSun 12:40 PM310 km193 miles168 nmEast-northeast ENE
AlofiSun 11:40 AM820 km509 miles443 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaMon 11:40 AM1300 km808 miles702 nmWest W
Apia *Mon 12:40 PM1315 km817 miles710 nmNorthwest NW
PapeeteSun 12:40 PM1457 km906 miles787 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoMon 11:40 AM1665 km1034 miles899 nmNorthwest NW
Suva *Mon 11:40 AM2020 km1255 miles1091 nmWest W
FunafutiMon 10:40 AM2442 km1517 miles1319 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiMon 12:40 PM2696 km1675 miles1456 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Auckland *Mon 11:40 AM2731 km1697 miles1475 nmSouthwest SW
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