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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 21:40:00 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 21:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 30' South, Longitude: 141° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.94 meters/second, 1583.8 km/hour, 984.1 miles/hour or 855.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.40 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.40 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.3"983.84 miwest0° 00' 38.5"0.74 minorth983.87 mi
24 hours0° 03' 00.0"3.28 mieast0° 15' 35.7"17.88 minorth18.18 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at 21:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 26' South, Longitude: 135° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.70 meters/second, 1554.1 km/hour, 965.7 miles/hour or 839.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.09 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 minorth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 33' 01.6"965.42 miwest0° 11' 21.5"13.02 minorth965.97 mi
24 hours10° 36' 43.7"704.18 mieast4° 51' 06.0"333.55 minorth786.31 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteMon 11:40 AM826 km514 miles446 nmWest W
Gambier IslandsMon 12:40 PM880 km547 miles475 nmSoutheast SE
AdamstownMon 1:40 PM1413 km878 miles763 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaMon 11:40 AM1903 km1182 miles1027 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiTue 11:40 AM2821 km1753 miles1523 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiMon 10:40 AM2959 km1839 miles1598 nmWest W
ApiaMon 10:40 AM3240 km2013 miles1749 nmWest W
FakaofoMon 10:40 AM3329 km2068 miles1797 nmWest-northwest WNW
Easter Island *Mon 4:40 PM3458 km2149 miles1867 nmEast-southeast ESE
NukualofaTue 10:40 AM3502 km2176 miles1891 nmWest W
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