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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 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 03:46:00 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 Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 03:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 54' South, Longitude: 124° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.35 meters/second, 1538.4 km/hour, 955.9 miles/hour or 830.7 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' 42.5"955.53 miwest0° 00' 13.6"0.26 minorth955.54 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.8"7.36 mieast0° 05' 40.5"6.51 minorth9.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 03:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 50' North, Longitude: 3° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.12 meters/second, 1613.2 km/hour, 1002.4 miles/hour or 871.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.71 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 32' 31.8"1002.32 miwest0° 11' 04.2"12.68 misouth1002.54 mi
24 hours11° 02' 47.6"761.39 mieast4° 32' 13.8"311.75 misouth824.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsWed 1:16 PM962 km598 miles520 nmEast E
EuclaWed 12:31 PM1065 km662 miles575 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PerthWed 11:46 AM1317 km818 miles711 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinWed 1:16 PM1337 km830 miles722 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DiliWed 12:46 PM1592 km989 miles859 nmNorth N
DenpasarWed 11:46 AM1860 km1156 miles1004 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Adelaide *Wed 2:16 PM1911 km1188 miles1032 nmSoutheast SE
MakassarWed 11:46 AM2040 km1268 miles1101 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurabayaWed 10:46 AM2140 km1330 miles1155 nmNorthwest NW
CairnsWed 1:46 PM2321 km1442 miles1253 nmEast-northeast ENE
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