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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 Friday, January 11, 2013 at 18:20:00 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 Friday, January 11, 2013 at 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 41' South, Longitude: 92° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.08 meters/second, 1551.9 km/hour, 964.3 miles/hour or 838.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.07 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.3"963.92 miwest0° 00' 24.1"0.46 minorth963.94 mi
24 hours0° 05' 46.0"6.18 mieast0° 09' 53.3"11.34 minorth12.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 11, 2013 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 37' South, Longitude: 94° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.59 meters/second, 1528.5 km/hour, 949.8 miles/hour or 825.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"15.83 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 minorth15.83 mi
1 hour14° 24' 08.5"949.54 miwest0° 07' 24.4"8.49 minorth949.91 mi
24 hours13° 58' 48.4"921.72 mieast3° 27' 16.8"237.54 minorth959.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Fri 1:20 PM1763 km1095 miles952 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaFri 1:20 PM2002 km1244 miles1081 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsFri 12:20 PM2328 km1447 miles1257 nmNorth N
Santiago *Fri 3:20 PM2550 km1584 miles1377 nmSoutheast SE
GuayaquilFri 1:20 PM2577 km1602 miles1392 nmNortheast NE
La PazFri 2:20 PM2672 km1661 miles1443 nmEast E
QuitoFri 1:20 PM2846 km1768 miles1537 nmNortheast NE
SucreFri 2:20 PM2904 km1804 miles1568 nmEast E
Rio BrancoFri 2:20 PM2983 km1853 miles1610 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaFri 3:20 PM3054 km1898 miles1649 nmEast-southeast ESE
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