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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 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 13:48:00 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 Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 13:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 23' South, Longitude: 26° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.84 meters/second, 1533.0 km/hour, 952.6 miles/hour or 827.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.88 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.4"952.14 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth952.14 mi
24 hours0° 07' 25.1"7.85 mieast0° 02' 03.0"2.35 minorth8.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 13:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 02' South, Longitude: 118° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.61 meters/second, 1615.0 km/hour, 1003.5 miles/hour or 872.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.5"16.72 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 32' 31.9"1003.40 miwest0° 10' 19.9"11.83 misouth1003.37 mi
24 hours11° 14' 14.7"775.38 mieast4° 04' 25.6"279.93 misouth821.92 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 11:48 AM1662 km1033 miles897 nmWest W
SalvadorWed 10:48 AM1677 km1042 miles905 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeWed 10:48 AM1891 km1175 miles1021 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Wed 11:48 AM2010 km1249 miles1085 nmWest W
Brasilia *Wed 11:48 AM2348 km1459 miles1268 nmWest-northwest WNW
JamestownWed 1:48 PM2371 km1473 miles1280 nmEast-northeast ENE
FortalezaWed 10:48 AM2507 km1558 miles1353 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Montevideo *Wed 11:48 AM3102 km1928 miles1675 nmWest-southwest WSW
Asuncion *Wed 10:48 AM3115 km1936 miles1682 nmWest W
Buenos AiresWed 10:48 AM3289 km2044 miles1776 nmWest-southwest WSW
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