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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 20:08:00 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 20:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 38' South, Longitude: 120° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.19 meters/second, 1541.5 km/hour, 957.8 miles/hour or 832.3 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' 43.1"957.44 miwest0° 00' 16.6"0.32 minorth957.45 mi
24 hours0° 06' 40.2"7.10 mieast0° 06' 53.0"7.90 minorth10.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 4, 2013 at 20:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 28' South, Longitude: 141° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.83 meters/second, 1601.4 km/hour, 995.1 miles/hour or 864.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"16.58 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 misouth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 30' 22.9"994.90 miwest0° 11' 15.9"12.90 misouth994.77 mi
24 hours12° 09' 31.8"833.91 mieast4° 20' 22.9"298.26 misouth880.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownFri 12:08 PM995 km618 miles537 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Fri 3:08 PM1249 km776 miles674 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteFri 10:08 AM3067 km1906 miles1656 nmWest W
RarotongaFri 10:08 AM4029 km2503 miles2175 nmWest W
Galapagos IslandsFri 2:08 PM4135 km2569 miles2233 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaFri 3:08 PM4767 km2962 miles2574 nmEast E
KiritimatiSat 10:08 AM4812 km2990 miles2598 nmWest-northwest WNW
Santiago *Fri 5:08 PM5014 km3116 miles2707 nmEast-southeast ESE
AlofiFri 9:08 AM5116 km3179 miles2762 nmWest W
QuitoFri 3:08 PM5196 km3229 miles2806 nmEast-northeast ENE
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