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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 03:48:00 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 03:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 36' South, Longitude: 124° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.31 meters/second, 1541.9 km/hour, 958.1 miles/hour or 832.6 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"957.69 miwest0° 00' 17.0"0.33 minorth957.70 mi
24 hours0° 06' 38.1"7.07 mieast0° 07' 01.6"8.06 minorth10.72 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 03:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 54' South, Longitude: 30° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.00 meters/second, 1594.8 km/hour, 991.0 miles/hour or 861.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"16.51 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 29' 53.2"990.78 miwest0° 11' 01.4"12.63 misouth990.61 mi
24 hours12° 23' 01.0"846.30 mieast4° 12' 04.2"288.76 misouth888.89 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsSat 1:18 PM983 km611 miles531 nmEast E
EuclaSat 12:33 PM1102 km685 miles595 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinSat 1:18 PM1316 km818 miles711 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PerthSat 11:48 AM1333 km829 miles720 nmSouthwest SW
DiliSat 12:48 PM1559 km969 miles842 nmNorth N
DenpasarSat 11:48 AM1823 km1133 miles984 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Adelaide *Sat 2:18 PM1947 km1210 miles1052 nmSoutheast SE
MakassarSat 11:48 AM2003 km1245 miles1081 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SurabayaSat 10:48 AM2103 km1307 miles1136 nmNorthwest NW
CairnsSat 1:48 PM2330 km1448 miles1258 nmEast-northeast ENE
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