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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 Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 21:50:00 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 Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 42' South, Longitude: 149° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.00 meters/second, 1540.8 km/hour, 957.4 miles/hour or 832.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.96 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.6"957.00 miwest0° 00' 15.9"0.30 misouth956.98 mi
24 hours0° 06' 36.7"7.04 mieast0° 06' 08.9"7.05 misouth9.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 21:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 57' South, Longitude: 80° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.00 meters/second, 1591.2 km/hour, 988.7 miles/hour or 859.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"16.48 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 28' 06.1"988.62 miwest0° 10' 41.7"12.25 minorth988.94 mi
24 hours12° 27' 52.5"851.72 mieast4° 25' 17.1"303.83 minorth908.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteSat 11:50 AM572 km355 miles309 nmNorth N
RarotongaSat 11:50 AM1067 km663 miles576 nmWest W
AdamstownSat 1:50 PM1998 km1241 miles1079 nmEast-southeast ESE
AlofiSat 10:50 AM2154 km1338 miles1163 nmWest W
Apia *Sun 11:50 AM2541 km1579 miles1372 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaSun 10:50 AM2651 km1647 miles1431 nmWest W
FakaofoSun 10:50 AM2742 km1704 miles1480 nmWest-northwest WNW
KiritimatiSun 11:50 AM2845 km1768 miles1536 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Suva *Sun 10:50 AM3372 km2095 miles1821 nmWest W
Chatham Islands *Sun 11:35 AM3421 km2126 miles1847 nmSouthwest SW
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