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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 18:20:00 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 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 95° 25' 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' 00.1"0.00 minorth951.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 26.7"7.88 mieast0° 00' 15.5"0.30 minorth7.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 49' North, Longitude: 132° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.27 meters/second, 1592.2 km/hour, 989.3 miles/hour or 859.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.4"16.49 miwest0° 00' 08.4"0.16 misouth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 33' 32.0"989.20 miwest0° 08' 22.5"9.59 misouth989.48 mi
24 hours10° 30' 54.6"714.49 mieast3° 32' 39.7"243.59 misouth758.41 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 *Sat 1:20 PM1458 km906 miles787 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaSat 1:20 PM2317 km1440 miles1251 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:20 PM2571 km1598 miles1388 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Sat 3:20 PM2657 km1651 miles1435 nmEast-southeast ESE
La PazSat 2:20 PM2952 km1834 miles1594 nmEast E
QuitoSat 1:20 PM3152 km1959 miles1702 nmNortheast NE
SucreSat 2:20 PM3163 km1965 miles1708 nmEast E
CórdobaSat 3:20 PM3202 km1990 miles1729 nmEast-southeast ESE
Rio BrancoSat 1:20 PM3289 km2044 miles1776 nmEast-northeast ENE
AdamstownSat 10:20 AM3517 km2185 miles1899 nmWest W
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