Home > Sun & Moon > Day and Night World Map

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

See where the moon is over the horizon

Change time and date

< 4 weeks4 weeks > March equinox 
or choose:

< 1 day1 day >June solstice
< 12 hours12 hours >September equinox
< 6 hours6 hours >December solstice
< 1 hour1 hour >Now/Current time
< 10 minutes10 minutes >

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 04:10:00 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 Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 04:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' South, Longitude: 117° 08' East

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' 00.6"0.01 minorth951.72 mi
24 hours0° 07' 26.8"7.88 mieast0° 00' 27.1"0.52 minorth7.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 04:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 24' North, Longitude: 10° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.29 meters/second, 1599.4 km/hour, 993.8 miles/hour or 863.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.6"16.56 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 33' 42.1"993.72 miwest0° 08' 48.2"10.09 misouth993.99 mi
24 hours10° 28' 25.1"714.77 mieast3° 41' 33.8"253.76 misouth761.59 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PerthSun 12:10 PM952 km592 miles514 nmSouth S
EuclaSun 12:55 PM1476 km917 miles797 nmSoutheast SE
DenpasarSun 12:10 PM1647 km1023 miles889 nmNorth N
Alice SpringsSun 1:40 PM1708 km1061 miles922 nmEast E
MalangSun 11:10 AM1773 km1101 miles957 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurabayaSun 11:10 AM1850 km1149 miles999 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliSun 1:10 PM1877 km1166 miles1013 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DarwinSun 1:40 PM1891 km1175 miles1021 nmNortheast NE
MakassarSun 12:10 PM2039 km1267 miles1101 nmNorth N
BandungSun 11:10 AM2092 km1300 miles1130 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools