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 Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 03:40:00 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, January 7, 2014 at 03:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 23' South, Longitude: 126° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.96 meters/second, 1544.3 km/hour, 959.6 miles/hour or 833.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.99 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.7"959.16 miwest0° 00' 19.0"0.36 minorth959.17 mi
24 hours0° 06' 25.5"6.85 mieast0° 07' 48.2"8.95 minorth11.27 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 03:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 07' North, Longitude: 158° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.45 meters/second, 1610.8 km/hour, 1000.9 miles/hour or 869.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"16.68 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 minorth16.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 23.6"1000.83 miwest0° 11' 02.3"12.64 minorth1000.80 mi
24 hours11° 44' 21.3"809.92 mieast4° 13' 02.7"289.80 minorth857.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsTue 1:10 PM765 km476 miles413 nmEast-southeast ESE
Tennant CreekTue 1:10 PM851 km529 miles460 nmEast-northeast ENE
EuclaTue 12:25 PM1056 km656 miles570 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinTue 1:10 PM1189 km739 miles642 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PerthTue 11:40 AM1496 km930 miles808 nmSouthwest SW
DiliTue 12:40 PM1534 km953 miles828 nmNorth N
Adelaide *Tue 2:10 PM1820 km1131 miles983 nmSoutheast SE
DenpasarTue 11:40 AM1940 km1206 miles1048 nmNorthwest NW
MakassarTue 11:40 AM2056 km1278 miles1110 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CairnsTue 1:40 PM2105 km1308 miles1136 nmEast-northeast ENE
Advertising

Astronomy calculators

More information

Related time zone tools