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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 20:18:00 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 20:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 44' South, Longitude: 123° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.86 meters/second, 1540.3 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' 43.0"956.69 miwest0° 00' 15.5"0.30 minorth956.70 mi
24 hours0° 06' 46.3"7.20 mieast0° 06' 26.3"7.39 minorth10.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 20:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 54' South, Longitude: 127° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.67 meters/second, 1615.2 km/hour, 1003.6 miles/hour or 872.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 35.9"1003.53 miwest0° 11' 37.5"13.31 misouth1003.53 mi
24 hours11° 34' 43.2"799.88 mieast4° 35' 57.7"316.04 misouth857.74 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownThu 12:18 PM738 km459 miles399 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Thu 3:18 PM1490 km926 miles805 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteThu 10:18 AM2801 km1741 miles1513 nmWest W
RarotongaThu 10:18 AM3761 km2337 miles2031 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsThu 2:18 PM4373 km2718 miles2361 nmEast-northeast ENE
KiritimatiFri 10:18 AM4587 km2850 miles2477 nmWest-northwest WNW
AlofiThu 9:18 AM4847 km3012 miles2617 nmWest W
LimaThu 3:18 PM5035 km3129 miles2719 nmEast E
Apia *Fri 10:18 AM5195 km3228 miles2805 nmWest W
Santiago *Thu 5:18 PM5252 km3263 miles2836 nmEast-southeast ESE
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