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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 Friday, December 20, 2013 at 18:10:00 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 Friday, December 20, 2013 at 18:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 93° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.66 meters/second, 1532.4 km/hour, 952.2 miles/hour or 827.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.87 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 misouth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.74 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth951.74 mi
24 hours0° 07' 25.9"7.87 mieast0° 00' 12.8"0.25 misouth7.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 20, 2013 at 18:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 56' North, Longitude: 124° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.75 meters/second, 1572.3 km/hour, 977.0 miles/hour or 849.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.28 miwest0° 00' 07.1"0.14 misouth16.28 mi
1 hour14° 32' 56.2"976.82 miwest0° 07' 06.0"8.14 misouth977.11 mi
24 hours10° 42' 14.0"718.72 mieast3° 05' 36.6"212.65 misouth753.77 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 *Fri 1:10 PM1688 km1049 miles912 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaFri 1:10 PM2110 km1311 miles1140 nmNortheast NE
Santiago *Fri 3:10 PM2449 km1522 miles1322 nmEast-southeast ESE
Galapagos IslandsFri 12:10 PM2520 km1566 miles1361 nmNorth N
La PazFri 2:10 PM2714 km1686 miles1465 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreFri 2:10 PM2920 km1815 miles1577 nmEast E
CórdobaFri 3:10 PM2979 km1851 miles1609 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoFri 1:10 PM3010 km1870 miles1625 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rio BrancoFri 1:10 PM3066 km1905 miles1656 nmEast-northeast ENE
Buenos AiresFri 3:10 PM3576 km2222 miles1931 nmEast-southeast ESE
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