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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 13:58:00 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 13:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 40' South, Longitude: 28° 13' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.11 meters/second, 1541.2 km/hour, 957.6 miles/hour or 832.2 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"957.24 miwest0° 00' 16.4"0.31 minorth957.25 mi
24 hours0° 06' 41.8"7.13 mieast0° 06' 46.1"7.76 minorth10.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 4, 2013 at 13:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 18' South, Longitude: 128° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.11 meters/second, 1606.0 km/hour, 997.9 miles/hour or 867.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"16.63 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 misouth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.7"997.77 miwest0° 11' 24.7"13.07 misouth997.67 mi
24 hours11° 59' 26.6"824.40 mieast4° 25' 51.2"304.51 misouth874.77 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorFri 10:58 AM1526 km948 miles824 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Fri 11:58 AM1535 km954 miles829 nmWest W
RecifeFri 10:58 AM1762 km1095 miles951 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São Paulo *Fri 11:58 AM1887 km1173 miles1019 nmWest W
Brasilia *Fri 11:58 AM2200 km1367 miles1188 nmWest-northwest WNW
FortalezaFri 10:58 AM2372 km1474 miles1281 nmNorth-northwest NNW
JamestownFri 1:58 PM2477 km1539 miles1337 nmEast-northeast ENE
Asuncion *Fri 10:58 AM3002 km1865 miles1621 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Fri 11:58 AM3033 km1885 miles1638 nmWest-southwest WSW
BelémFri 10:58 AM3210 km1995 miles1733 nmNorthwest NW
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