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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 21, 2013 at 17:10:00 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 Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 17:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 77° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.65 meters/second, 1532.3 km/hour, 952.1 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 minorth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"951.72 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth951.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 26.7"7.88 mieast0° 00' 14.2"0.27 minorth7.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 17:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 58' North, Longitude: 149° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.02 meters/second, 1591.3 km/hour, 988.8 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' 33.4"16.48 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 33' 30.6"988.64 miwest0° 08' 19.3"9.53 misouth988.92 mi
24 hours10° 31' 17.8"714.54 mieast3° 31' 31.4"242.29 misouth758.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaSat 12:10 PM1263 km785 miles682 nmNorth N
La PazSat 1:10 PM1280 km795 miles691 nmNortheast NE
Santiago *Sat 2:10 PM1316 km818 miles710 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MendozaSat 2:10 PM1376 km855 miles743 nmSoutheast SE
SucreSat 1:10 PM1401 km871 miles757 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaSat 2:10 PM1621 km1007 miles875 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoSat 12:10 PM1836 km1141 miles992 nmNortheast NE
RosarioSat 2:10 PM1992 km1238 miles1075 nmSoutheast SE
Asuncion *Sat 2:10 PM2067 km1284 miles1116 nmEast E
Buenos AiresSat 2:10 PM2265 km1407 miles1223 nmSoutheast SE
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