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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 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:40:00 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 Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 00' South, Longitude: 123° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.04 meters/second, 1537.3 km/hour, 955.3 miles/hour or 830.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.92 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.8"954.84 miwest0° 00' 12.1"0.23 misouth954.83 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.9"7.36 mieast0° 04' 40.9"5.37 misouth9.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 29' North, Longitude: 128° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.99 meters/second, 1609.2 km/hour, 999.9 miles/hour or 868.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.66 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.66 mi
1 hour14° 31' 13.8"999.79 miwest0° 10' 33.3"12.09 minorth999.72 mi
24 hours11° 28' 58.0"790.64 mieast4° 01' 29.7"276.59 minorth834.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsWed 1:10 PM1083 km673 miles585 nmEast E
EuclaWed 12:25 PM1109 km689 miles599 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PerthWed 11:40 AM1234 km767 miles666 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinWed 1:10 PM1413 km878 miles763 nmNortheast NE
DiliWed 12:40 PM1617 km1005 miles873 nmNorth N
DenpasarWed 11:40 AM1805 km1122 miles975 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Adelaide *Wed 2:10 PM1989 km1236 miles1074 nmSoutheast SE
MakassarWed 11:40 AM2020 km1255 miles1091 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurabayaWed 10:40 AM2076 km1290 miles1121 nmNorthwest NW
CairnsWed 1:40 PM2444 km1519 miles1320 nmEast-northeast ENE
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