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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 22:10:00 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 22:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 152° 54' 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' 00.3"0.01 minorth951.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 26.8"7.88 mieast0° 00' 20.0"0.38 minorth7.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 22:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 16' North, Longitude: 77° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.08 meters/second, 1595.1 km/hour, 991.1 miles/hour or 861.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.5"16.52 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 misouth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 33' 36.2"991.02 miwest0° 08' 32.9"9.79 misouth991.29 mi
24 hours10° 29' 46.4"714.45 mieast3° 36' 16.6"247.72 misouth759.55 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteSat 12:10 PM740 km460 miles400 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaSat 12:10 PM749 km465 miles404 nmWest-northwest WNW
AlofiSat 11:10 AM1830 km1137 miles988 nmWest-northwest WNW
Apia *Sun 12:10 PM2253 km1400 miles1217 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaSun 11:10 AM2310 km1435 miles1247 nmWest W
AdamstownSat 2:10 PM2320 km1441 miles1253 nmEast E
FakaofoSun 11:10 AM2496 km1551 miles1348 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiSun 12:10 PM2840 km1765 miles1533 nmNorth N
Suva *Sun 11:10 AM3037 km1887 miles1640 nmWest W
Chatham Islands *Sun 11:55 AM3143 km1953 miles1697 nmSouthwest SW
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