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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 Monday, January 26, 2009 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 Monday, January 26, 2009 at 03:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 42' South, Longitude: 128° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.45 meters/second, 1582.0 km/hour, 983.0 miles/hour or 854.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.38 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.38 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.8"982.72 miwest0° 00' 38.0"0.73 minorth982.76 mi
24 hours0° 03' 09.1"3.44 mieast0° 15' 20.6"17.59 minorth17.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 03:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 37' South, Longitude: 126° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.60 meters/second, 1525.0 km/hour, 947.6 miles/hour or 823.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"15.79 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 minorth15.79 mi
1 hour14° 32' 12.0"947.24 miwest0° 09' 54.0"11.35 minorth947.79 mi
24 hours10° 54' 24.9"710.81 mieast4° 20' 14.0"298.27 minorth779.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Halls Creek *Mon 12:40 PM71 km44 miles39 nmNorthwest NW
Tennant CreekMon 1:10 PM646 km401 miles349 nmEast E
DarwinMon 1:10 PM748 km465 miles404 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsMon 1:10 PM813 km505 miles439 nmSoutheast SE
DiliMon 12:40 PM1155 km718 miles624 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Eucla *Mon 1:25 PM1440 km895 miles778 nmSouth S
MakassarMon 11:40 AM1774 km1102 miles958 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DenpasarMon 11:40 AM1781 km1107 miles962 nmNorthwest NW
CairnsMon 1:40 PM1880 km1168 miles1015 nmEast E
Perth *Mon 12:40 PM1917 km1191 miles1035 nmSouthwest SW
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