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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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 23:14:00 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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 23:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 01' South, Longitude: 167° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.96 meters/second, 1537.1 km/hour, 955.1 miles/hour or 829.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.92 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.2"954.67 miwest0° 00' 12.0"0.23 minorth954.68 mi
24 hours0° 07' 05.0"7.52 mieast0° 05' 01.4"5.76 minorth9.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 23:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 07' South, Longitude: 175° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.03 meters/second, 1512.1 km/hour, 939.6 miles/hour or 816.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.3"15.66 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 minorth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 22' 17.0"939.30 miwest0° 02' 46.7"3.19 minorth939.44 mi
24 hours14° 59' 43.5"980.06 mieast1° 45' 50.8"121.33 minorth992.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiTue 12:14 PM498 km309 miles269 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PangaiWed 12:14 PM778 km484 miles420 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaWed 12:14 PM805 km500 miles434 nmWest-northwest WNW
NeiafuWed 12:14 PM816 km507 miles441 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaTue 1:14 PM838 km521 miles453 nmEast-northeast ENE
Apia *Wed 1:14 PM1105 km687 miles597 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Suva *Wed 12:14 PM1546 km961 miles835 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoWed 12:14 PM1558 km968 miles841 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PapeeteTue 1:14 PM1985 km1233 miles1072 nmEast-northeast ENE
FunafutiWed 11:14 AM2130 km1324 miles1150 nmNorthwest NW
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