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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 19:58:00 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 19:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 31' South, Longitude: 116° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.89 meters/second, 1583.6 km/hour, 984.0 miles/hour or 855.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.40 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.40 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.1"983.73 miwest0° 00' 38.4"0.74 minorth983.76 mi
24 hours0° 03' 00.9"3.30 mieast0° 15' 34.3"17.85 minorth18.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 19:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 45' South, Longitude: 110° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.95 meters/second, 1551.4 km/hour, 964.0 miles/hour or 837.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.07 miwest0° 00' 11.1"0.21 minorth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 32' 57.3"963.74 miwest0° 11' 13.9"12.87 minorth964.30 mi
24 hours10° 38' 13.5"704.67 mieast4° 48' 28.0"330.54 minorth785.59 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Mon 2:58 PM1189 km739 miles642 nmSoutheast SE
AdamstownMon 11:58 AM1596 km992 miles862 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsMon 1:58 PM3511 km2181 miles1896 nmEast-northeast ENE
PapeeteMon 9:58 AM3516 km2185 miles1899 nmWest W
LimaMon 2:58 PM4272 km2654 miles2307 nmEast E
RarotongaMon 9:58 AM4546 km2825 miles2455 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico CityMon 1:58 PM4599 km2857 miles2483 nmNorth-northeast NNE
QuitoMon 2:58 PM4602 km2860 miles2485 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuatemalaMon 1:58 PM4630 km2877 miles2500 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorMon 1:58 PM4644 km2886 miles2507 nmNortheast NE
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