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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 Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 09:52:00 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 Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 09:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 22' South, Longitude: 35° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.28 meters/second, 1585.0 km/hour, 984.9 miles/hour or 855.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.41 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.41 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.5"984.59 miwest0° 00' 39.0"0.75 minorth984.62 mi
24 hours0° 02' 53.8"3.17 mieast0° 15' 45.8"18.07 minorth18.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 09:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 02' South, Longitude: 46° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.85 meters/second, 1572.7 km/hour, 977.2 miles/hour or 849.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.4"16.29 miwest0° 00' 12.1"0.23 minorth16.29 mi
1 hour14° 33' 30.6"976.97 miwest0° 12' 11.5"13.97 minorth977.50 mi
24 hours10° 27' 17.4"701.65 mieast5° 08' 17.5"353.18 minorth791.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BeiraTue 11:52 AM166 km103 miles90 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MutareTue 11:52 AM276 km172 miles149 nmWest-southwest WSW
BlantyreTue 11:52 AM287 km178 miles155 nmNorth N
ChitungwizaTue 11:52 AM441 km274 miles238 nmWest W
HarareTue 11:52 AM443 km276 miles239 nmWest W
MasvingoTue 11:52 AM496 km308 miles268 nmWest-southwest WSW
LilongweTue 11:52 AM508 km316 miles275 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NampulaTue 11:52 AM563 km350 miles304 nmNortheast NE
GweruTue 11:52 AM580 km360 miles313 nmWest-southwest WSW
ChipataTue 11:52 AM590 km367 miles319 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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