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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 19:10:00 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 19:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 107° 55' 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' 16.5"0.32 minorth7.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 19:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 42' North, Longitude: 120° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.45 meters/second, 1592.8 km/hour, 989.7 miles/hour or 860.1 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 misouth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 33' 32.9"989.60 miwest0° 08' 24.7"9.64 misouth989.88 mi
24 hours10° 30' 38.7"714.46 mieast3° 33' 27.7"244.50 misouth758.65 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 2:10 PM429 km266 miles231 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownSat 11:10 AM2258 km1403 miles1219 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsSat 1:10 PM3183 km1978 miles1719 nmNortheast NE
LimaSat 2:10 PM3499 km2174 miles1889 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Sat 4:10 PM3791 km2356 miles2047 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoSat 2:10 PM4086 km2539 miles2206 nmNortheast NE
La PazSat 3:10 PM4221 km2623 miles2279 nmEast E
PapeeteSat 9:10 AM4379 km2721 miles2364 nmWest W
CórdobaSat 4:10 PM4386 km2726 miles2368 nmEast-southeast ESE
SucreSat 3:10 PM4439 km2758 miles2397 nmEast E
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