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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 1, 2013 at 13:34:00 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 1, 2013 at 13:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 57' South, Longitude: 22° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.18 meters/second, 1537.8 km/hour, 955.6 miles/hour or 830.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.93 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.4"955.16 miwest0° 00' 13.0"0.25 minorth955.17 mi
24 hours0° 06' 58.7"7.41 mieast0° 05' 24.3"6.20 minorth9.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 13:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 23' North, Longitude: 156° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.01 meters/second, 1605.6 km/hour, 997.7 miles/hour or 867.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.5"16.63 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 32' 33.1"997.57 miwest0° 10' 34.6"12.11 misouth997.84 mi
24 hours10° 59' 20.0"753.82 mieast4° 23' 17.4"301.53 misouth814.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 1:34 PM1931 km1200 miles1043 nmEast-northeast ENE
SalvadorTue 10:34 AM2013 km1251 miles1087 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeTue 10:34 AM2106 km1308 miles1137 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Tue 11:34 AM2112 km1312 miles1140 nmWest W
São Paulo *Tue 11:34 AM2460 km1529 miles1328 nmWest W
FortalezaTue 10:34 AM2737 km1701 miles1478 nmNorthwest NW
Brasilia *Tue 11:34 AM2770 km1721 miles1496 nmWest-northwest WNW
MonroviaTue 1:34 PM3482 km2164 miles1880 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Montevideo *Tue 11:34 AM3513 km2183 miles1897 nmWest-southwest WSW
Asuncion *Tue 10:34 AM3564 km2215 miles1925 nmWest-southwest WSW
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