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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 Friday, January 4, 2013 at 01:48:00 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 Friday, January 4, 2013 at 01:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 43' South, Longitude: 154° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.94 meters/second, 1540.6 km/hour, 957.3 miles/hour or 831.8 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"0.01 minorth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.0"956.86 miwest0° 00' 15.8"0.30 minorth956.87 mi
24 hours0° 06' 44.9"7.18 mieast0° 06' 32.5"7.50 minorth10.39 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 4, 2013 at 01:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 58' South, Longitude: 47° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.05 meters/second, 1613.0 km/hour, 1002.3 miles/hour or 870.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"16.70 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 21.8"1002.14 miwest0° 11' 35.5"13.27 misouth1002.11 mi
24 hours11° 41' 43.5"807.05 mieast4° 33' 39.8"313.42 misouth862.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BrisbaneFri 11:48 AM540 km336 miles292 nmSouth-southwest SSW
CairnsFri 11:48 AM1092 km679 miles590 nmNorthwest NW
NoumeaFri 12:48 PM1259 km782 miles680 nmEast E
Sydney *Fri 12:48 PM1270 km789 miles686 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Canberra *Fri 12:48 PM1478 km918 miles798 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port VilaFri 12:48 PM1572 km977 miles849 nmEast-northeast ENE
HoniaraFri 12:48 PM1592 km989 miles860 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port MoresbyFri 11:48 AM1648 km1024 miles890 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Melbourne *Fri 12:48 PM1894 km1177 miles1022 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Adelaide *Fri 12:18 PM2034 km1264 miles1098 nmSouthwest SW
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