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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 18:44:00 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 18:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 22' South, Longitude: 100° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.86 meters/second, 1533.1 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"952.18 miwest0° 00' 04.7"0.09 minorth952.19 mi
24 hours0° 07' 24.7"7.85 mieast0° 02' 08.9"2.46 minorth8.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 18:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 53' South, Longitude: 169° 33' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.97 meters/second, 1612.7 km/hour, 1002.1 miles/hour or 870.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.70 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 32' 17.3"1001.96 miwest0° 10' 17.4"11.78 misouth1001.90 mi
24 hours348° 38' 39.8"782.63 miwest4° 02' 17.9"277.50 misouth827.54 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 *Wed 1:44 PM942 km585 miles508 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsWed 12:44 PM2771 km1722 miles1496 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaWed 1:44 PM2820 km1752 miles1523 nmEast-northeast ENE
AdamstownWed 10:44 AM2964 km1842 miles1601 nmWest W
Santiago *Wed 3:44 PM3154 km1960 miles1703 nmEast-southeast ESE
La PazWed 2:44 PM3508 km2180 miles1894 nmEast E
QuitoWed 1:44 PM3525 km2191 miles1904 nmNortheast NE
SucreWed 2:44 PM3724 km2314 miles2011 nmEast E
CórdobaWed 3:44 PM3725 km2314 miles2011 nmEast-southeast ESE
Rio BrancoWed 1:44 PM3816 km2371 miles2061 nmEast-northeast ENE
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