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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 Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 01:58:00 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 Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 01:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 36' South, Longitude: 151° 50' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.28 meters/second, 1541.8 km/hour, 958.0 miles/hour or 832.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.97 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.2"957.63 miwest0° 00' 17.0"0.32 minorth957.64 mi
24 hours0° 06' 38.6"7.08 mieast0° 06' 59.6"8.02 minorth10.70 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 01:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 34' South, Longitude: 57° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.46 meters/second, 1596.5 km/hour, 992.0 miles/hour or 862.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.9"16.53 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 30' 00.6"991.82 miwest0° 11' 05.3"12.70 misouth991.66 mi
24 hours12° 19' 42.0"843.28 mieast4° 14' 12.8"291.21 misouth886.98 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RockhamptonSat 11:58 AM160 km99 miles86 nmWest-southwest WSW
BrisbaneSat 11:58 AM552 km343 miles298 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CairnsSat 11:58 AM893 km555 miles482 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Sat 12:58 PM1249 km776 miles675 nmSouth S
Canberra *Sat 12:58 PM1429 km888 miles772 nmSouth S
Port MoresbySat 11:58 AM1538 km955 miles830 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HoniaraSat 12:58 PM1696 km1054 miles916 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port VilaSat 12:58 PM1804 km1121 miles974 nmEast-northeast ENE
Melbourne *Sat 12:58 PM1810 km1124 miles977 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Alice SpringsSat 11:28 AM1843 km1145 miles995 nmWest W
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