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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 Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:26:00 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 Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 10' South, Longitude: 4° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.61 meters/second, 1546.6 km/hour, 961.0 miles/hour or 835.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.02 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.3"960.62 miwest0° 00' 20.6"0.40 minorth960.64 mi
24 hours0° 06' 13.9"6.66 mieast0° 08' 30.4"9.75 minorth11.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 58' South, Longitude: 54° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.42 meters/second, 1506.3 km/hour, 936.0 miles/hour or 813.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.60 miwest0° 00' 04.0"0.08 misouth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 23' 26.7"935.65 miwest0° 03' 55.4"4.50 misouth935.47 mi
24 hours14° 50' 49.8"965.31 mieast0° 54' 01.1"61.93 misouth964.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 12:26 PM698 km434 miles377 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Tue 2:26 PM2253 km1400 miles1217 nmEast E
LuandaTue 1:26 PM2428 km1509 miles1311 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownTue 2:26 PM2618 km1627 miles1414 nmSoutheast SE
São ToméTue 12:26 PM2787 km1732 miles1505 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaTue 1:26 PM2933 km1822 miles1584 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleTue 1:26 PM2935 km1824 miles1585 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleTue 1:26 PM2937 km1825 miles1586 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AbidjanTue 12:26 PM3042 km1890 miles1643 nmNorth N
AccraTue 12:26 PM3107 km1930 miles1677 nmNorth N
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