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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 02:58:00 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 02:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 43' South, Longitude: 136° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.95 meters/second, 1540.6 km/hour, 957.3 miles/hour or 831.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.96 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.0"956.89 miwest0° 00' 15.9"0.30 minorth956.91 mi
24 hours0° 06' 44.6"7.18 mieast0° 06' 33.8"7.53 minorth10.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 4, 2013 at 02:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 12' South, Longitude: 30° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.90 meters/second, 1612.4 km/hour, 1001.9 miles/hour or 870.6 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' 18.5"1001.80 miwest0° 11' 34.8"13.26 misouth1001.76 mi
24 hours11° 43' 17.6"808.62 mieast4° 33' 04.6"312.75 misouth864.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsFri 12:28 PM312 km194 miles169 nmWest-southwest WSW
Tennant CreekFri 12:28 PM429 km267 miles232 nmNorthwest NW
CairnsFri 12:58 PM1144 km711 miles618 nmEast-northeast ENE
EuclaFri 11:43 AM1260 km783 miles680 nmSouthwest SW
DarwinFri 12:28 PM1294 km804 miles699 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Adelaide *Fri 1:28 PM1367 km849 miles738 nmSouth S
BrisbaneFri 12:58 PM1725 km1072 miles932 nmEast-southeast ESE
Canberra *Fri 1:58 PM1841 km1144 miles994 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbyFri 12:58 PM1843 km1145 miles995 nmNortheast NE
Melbourne *Fri 1:58 PM1851 km1150 miles999 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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