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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 23:20:00 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 23:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 170° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.65 meters/second, 1532.3 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 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' 21.3"0.41 minorth7.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 23:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 06' North, Longitude: 60° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.32 meters/second, 1596.0 km/hour, 991.7 miles/hour or 861.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.5"16.53 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 misouth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 33' 37.5"991.56 miwest0° 08' 36.0"9.85 misouth991.83 mi
24 hours10° 29' 28.1"714.47 mieast3° 37' 20.3"248.94 misouth759.93 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiSat 12:20 PM488 km303 miles264 nmNorth N
NukualofaSun 12:20 PM557 km346 miles301 nmWest-northwest WNW
PangaiSun 12:20 PM573 km356 miles310 nmNorthwest NW
NeiafuSun 12:20 PM648 km402 miles350 nmNorthwest NW
Pago PagoSat 12:20 PM1015 km631 miles548 nmNorth N
Apia *Sun 1:20 PM1073 km667 miles579 nmNorth N
RarotongaSat 1:20 PM1121 km696 miles605 nmEast E
Suva *Sun 12:20 PM1303 km809 miles703 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoSun 12:20 PM1559 km969 miles842 nmNorth N
FunafutiSun 11:20 AM1988 km1235 miles1074 nmNorthwest NW
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