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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 Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 14:08:00 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 Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 14:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 46' South, Longitude: 30° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.78 meters/second, 1540.0 km/hour, 956.9 miles/hour or 831.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.95 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.00 minorth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.9"956.50 miwest0° 00' 15.3"0.29 minorth956.52 mi
24 hours0° 06' 47.9"7.23 mieast0° 06' 19.5"7.25 minorth10.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 14:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 43' South, Longitude: 142° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.16 meters/second, 1617.0 km/hour, 1004.7 miles/hour or 873.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.74 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 49.7"1004.64 miwest0° 11' 37.7"13.32 misouth1004.67 mi
24 hours11° 27' 37.6"792.38 mieast4° 37' 40.8"318.00 misouth852.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 12:08 PM1267 km787 miles684 nmWest W
SalvadorThu 11:08 AM1353 km841 miles731 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Thu 12:08 PM1619 km1006 miles874 nmWest W
RecifeThu 11:08 AM1679 km1044 miles907 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Brasilia *Thu 12:08 PM1949 km1211 miles1052 nmWest-northwest WNW
FortalezaThu 11:08 AM2263 km1406 miles1222 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Asuncion *Thu 11:08 AM2736 km1700 miles1477 nmWest-southwest WSW
JamestownThu 2:08 PM2741 km1703 miles1480 nmEast-northeast ENE
Montevideo *Thu 12:08 PM2803 km1742 miles1514 nmSouthwest SW
Buenos AiresThu 11:08 AM2981 km1852 miles1610 nmWest-southwest WSW
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