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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 08:18:00 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 Friday, January 4, 2013 at 08:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 41' South, Longitude: 56° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.03 meters/second, 1540.9 km/hour, 957.5 miles/hour or 832.0 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"957.06 miwest0° 00' 16.0"0.31 minorth957.07 mi
24 hours0° 06' 43.3"7.15 mieast0° 06' 39.9"7.64 minorth10.47 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 4, 2013 at 08:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 13' South, Longitude: 46° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.11 meters/second, 1609.6 km/hour, 1000.2 miles/hour or 869.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.67 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.67 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.0"1000.02 miwest0° 11' 30.9"13.19 misouth999.95 mi
24 hours11° 50' 49.1"816.07 mieast4° 29' 58.3"309.21 misouth869.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Saint-PierreFri 12:18 PM199 km123 miles107 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-PaulFri 12:18 PM240 km149 miles130 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-DenisFri 12:18 PM241 km150 miles130 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisFri 12:18 PM290 km180 miles156 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port Mathurin (Rodrigues)Fri 12:18 PM768 km477 miles415 nmEast-northeast ENE
ToamasinaFri 11:18 AM916 km569 miles495 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoFri 11:18 AM1047 km651 miles566 nmWest-northwest WNW
MoroniFri 11:18 AM1879 km1168 miles1015 nmNorthwest NW
VictoriaFri 12:18 PM2004 km1245 miles1082 nmNorth N
Diego GarciaFri 2:18 PM2388 km1484 miles1289 nmNortheast NE
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