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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 22:20:00 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 22:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 40' South, Longitude: 152° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.16 meters/second, 1552.2 km/hour, 964.5 miles/hour or 838.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.07 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.5"964.10 miwest0° 00' 24.3"0.47 minorth964.13 mi
24 hours0° 05' 44.6"6.16 mieast0° 09' 57.4"11.42 minorth12.97 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 11, 2013 at 22:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 07' South, Longitude: 152° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.90 meters/second, 1533.2 km/hour, 952.7 miles/hour or 827.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.88 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 24' 26.5"952.50 miwest0° 07' 52.3"9.02 minorth952.87 mi
24 hours13° 50' 57.1"915.61 mieast3° 36' 41.2"248.31 minorth956.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteFri 12:20 PM578 km359 miles312 nmNortheast NE
RarotongaFri 12:20 PM709 km441 miles383 nmWest W
AlofiFri 11:20 AM1794 km1115 miles969 nmWest W
Apia *Sat 12:20 PM2173 km1350 miles1173 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaSat 11:20 AM2306 km1433 miles1245 nmWest W
AdamstownFri 2:20 PM2364 km1469 miles1276 nmEast-southeast ESE
FakaofoSat 11:20 AM2383 km1481 miles1287 nmWest-northwest WNW
KiritimatiSat 12:20 PM2646 km1644 miles1429 nmNorth N
Suva *Sat 11:20 AM3018 km1875 miles1630 nmWest W
Chatham Islands *Sat 12:05 PM3298 km2049 miles1781 nmSouthwest SW
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