The world map
The Moon and Sun icons on the world map show the position of the Moon and the Sun at the selected time and date. They mark the locations where the Moon and the Sun appear in the zenith, directly overhead.
The overlapping shadings show where the Moon and the Sun are above the horizon at the selected moment. The light area surrounding the Moon symbol is where the Moon is above the horizon; the light area surrounding the Sun symbol symbolizes daytime.
By default, it shows the current situation at the time you load the page. If you would like to select a different point in time,
- click on the Jump to links to move a certain amount of time forward or back in time;
- click on the seasons links (e.g., March equinox) to select one of the astronomical seasons;
- or use the fields under Find the Moon at Another Time in a Location to enter any date and time. The At Location field determines to which time zone the date and time fields should refer.
The selected date and time are displayed at the bottom of the map, both in UTC and in the local time of your home location.
Problems? See “The Moon is supposed to be above the horizon, but I don't see it in the sky! What's wrong?” and “How do I change my home location?” in the FAQ section below.