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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 19:08:00 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 19:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 45' South, Longitude: 105° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.85 meters/second, 1540.2 km/hour, 957.1 miles/hour or 831.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.95 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.00 minorth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.9"956.65 miwest0° 00' 15.5"0.30 minorth956.67 mi
24 hours0° 06' 46.6"7.21 mieast0° 06' 25.0"7.36 minorth10.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 19:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 41' South, Longitude: 144° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.78 meters/second, 1615.6 km/hour, 1003.9 miles/hour or 872.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 38.7"1003.77 miwest0° 11' 37.7"13.32 misouth1003.78 mi
24 hours11° 33' 19.0"798.42 mieast4° 36' 21.4"316.49 misouth856.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Thu 2:08 PM598 km372 miles323 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownThu 11:08 AM2483 km1543 miles1341 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsThu 1:08 PM2986 km1856 miles1612 nmNortheast NE
LimaThu 2:08 PM3270 km2032 miles1766 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Thu 4:08 PM3631 km2256 miles1961 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoThu 2:08 PM3866 km2402 miles2087 nmNortheast NE
La PazThu 3:08 PM4002 km2486 miles2161 nmEast E
CórdobaThu 4:08 PM4215 km2619 miles2276 nmEast-southeast ESE
SucreThu 3:08 PM4226 km2626 miles2282 nmEast E
Rio BrancoThu 3:08 PM4282 km2661 miles2312 nmEast-northeast ENE
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