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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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Annular Eclipse in progress – white lines on map

  • The map shows the January 26, 2009 — Annular Solar Eclipse in progress.
  • The white lines on the map shows areas where a partial eclipse is visible.
  • At the moment, the Annular phase of the eclipse is visible to anyone within the dark blue area surrounded by a red area on the map (red lines)
  • The area under red lines are very close to see the same - but they see a partial eclipse

Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Monday, January 26, 2009 at 08:40:00 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 08:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 38' South, Longitude: 53° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.58 meters/second, 1582.5 km/hour, 983.3 miles/hour or 854.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.39 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.39 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.9"983.03 miwest0° 00' 38.0"0.73 minorth983.06 mi
24 hours0° 03' 06.6"3.40 mieast0° 15' 24.9"17.67 minorth17.99 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 08:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 46' South, Longitude: 53° 33' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.87 meters/second, 1533.1 km/hour, 952.7 miles/hour or 827.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"15.88 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 32' 26.3"952.34 miwest0° 10' 19.9"11.84 minorth952.90 mi
24 hours10° 49' 08.1"708.68 mieast4° 29' 27.5"308.82 minorth780.96 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Saint-DenisMon 12:40 PM346 km215 miles187 nmSoutheast SE
ToamasinaMon 11:40 AM399 km248 miles215 nmWest W
Port Louis *Mon 1:40 PM487 km303 miles263 nmEast-southeast ESE
AntananarivoMon 11:40 AM594 km369 miles321 nmWest W
AntsirabeMon 11:40 AM657 km408 miles355 nmWest-southwest WSW
MoroniMon 11:40 AM1311 km814 miles708 nmNorthwest NW
VictoriaMon 12:40 PM1571 km976 miles848 nmNorth N
Dar es SalaamMon 11:40 AM1991 km1237 miles1075 nmNorthwest NW
LilongweMon 10:40 AM2132 km1325 miles1151 nmWest W
MaputoMon 10:40 AM2265 km1407 miles1223 nmWest-southwest WSW
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