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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 14:34:00 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 14:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 25' South, Longitude: 37° 00' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.84 meters/second, 1543.8 km/hour, 959.3 miles/hour or 833.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.99 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.7"958.89 miwest0° 00' 18.5"0.36 minorth958.90 mi
24 hours0° 06' 28.4"6.90 mieast0° 07' 40.3"8.80 minorth11.18 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 14:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 48' South, Longitude: 112° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.21 meters/second, 1555.9 km/hour, 966.8 miles/hour or 840.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"16.11 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.11 mi
1 hour14° 27' 08.1"966.55 miwest0° 09' 01.5"10.34 misouth966.27 mi
24 hours13° 32' 48.7"906.01 mieast3° 11' 27.5"219.42 misouth925.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Vitória *Sun 12:34 PM418 km260 miles226 nmWest-northwest WNW
Niterói *Sun 12:34 PM629 km391 miles340 nmWest W
Rio de Janeiro *Sun 12:34 PM638 km397 miles345 nmWest W
São Paulo *Sun 12:34 PM996 km619 miles538 nmWest W
SalvadorSun 11:34 AM1058 km658 miles572 nmNorth N
Brasilia *Sun 12:34 PM1359 km845 miles734 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeSun 11:34 AM1601 km995 miles865 nmNorth N
FortalezaSun 11:34 AM2073 km1288 miles1119 nmNorth N
Asuncion *Sun 11:34 AM2124 km1320 miles1147 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Sun 12:34 PM2322 km1443 miles1254 nmSouthwest SW
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