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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 Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 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 Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 29' South, Longitude: 142° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.65 meters/second, 1543.1 km/hour, 958.9 miles/hour or 833.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.98 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.5"958.46 miwest0° 00' 18.0"0.35 minorth958.48 mi
24 hours0° 06' 31.9"6.96 mieast0° 07' 26.9"8.54 minorth11.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 54' South, Longitude: 60° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.25 meters/second, 1570.5 km/hour, 975.9 miles/hour or 848.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"16.26 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 misouth16.26 mi
1 hour14° 28' 09.5"975.63 miwest0° 09' 53.6"11.33 misouth975.37 mi
24 hours13° 07' 48.2"885.35 mieast3° 36' 48.1"248.43 misouth912.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LongreachSun 12:34 PM171 km106 miles92 nmSoutheast SE
CairnsSun 12:34 PM684 km425 miles369 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsSun 12:04 PM940 km584 miles507 nmWest W
Tennant CreekSun 12:04 PM962 km598 miles520 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrisbaneSun 12:34 PM1157 km719 miles625 nmEast-southeast ESE
Adelaide *Sun 1:04 PM1443 km897 miles779 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Sydney *Sun 1:34 PM1498 km931 miles809 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Port MoresbySun 12:34 PM1512 km939 miles816 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Canberra *Sun 1:34 PM1540 km957 miles832 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinSun 12:04 PM1696 km1054 miles916 nmNorthwest NW
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