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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 Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 09:40:00 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 Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 09:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 53' South, Longitude: 38° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.96 meters/second, 1580.2 km/hour, 981.9 miles/hour or 853.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.37 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.4"981.62 miwest0° 00' 37.2"0.71 minorth981.65 mi
24 hours0° 03' 18.2"3.61 mieast0° 15' 05.4"17.30 minorth17.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 09:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 19' South, Longitude: 27° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.62 meters/second, 1496.2 km/hour, 929.7 miles/hour or 807.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.49 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.16 minorth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 31' 19.1"929.34 miwest0° 08' 11.0"9.39 minorth929.84 mi
24 hours11° 14' 50.7"719.90 mieast3° 42' 58.7"255.65 minorth772.42 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BeiraSun 11:40 AM358 km222 miles193 nmWest-southwest WSW
NampulaSun 11:40 AM435 km270 miles235 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BlantyreSun 11:40 AM474 km295 miles256 nmNorthwest NW
MutareSun 11:40 AM572 km356 miles309 nmWest W
LilongweSun 11:40 AM711 km442 miles384 nmNorthwest NW
HarareSun 11:40 AM753 km468 miles407 nmWest W
MasvingoSun 11:40 AM773 km481 miles418 nmWest W
ChipataSun 11:40 AM821 km510 miles443 nmNorthwest NW
GweruSun 11:40 AM873 km542 miles471 nmWest W
AntsirabeSun 12:40 PM945 km587 miles510 nmEast E
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