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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 Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:20:00 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 Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 35' South, Longitude: 27° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.41 meters/second, 1553.1 km/hour, 965.0 miles/hour or 838.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.08 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.7"964.65 miwest0° 00' 24.8"0.48 minorth964.68 mi
24 hours0° 05' 39.9"6.08 mieast0° 10' 10.0"11.66 minorth13.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 25' South, Longitude: 34° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.05 meters/second, 1548.2 km/hour, 962.0 miles/hour or 835.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.03 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.03 mi
1 hour14° 25' 24.4"961.80 miwest0° 09' 06.7"10.44 minorth962.21 mi
24 hours13° 26' 38.4"896.51 mieast4° 01' 15.4"276.42 minorth945.70 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TonotaSat 12:20 PM41 km25 miles22 nmEast-northeast ENE
FrancistownSat 12:20 PM62 km38 miles33 nmNortheast NE
SeroweSat 12:20 PM98 km61 miles53 nmSouth-southwest SSW
LeralaSat 12:20 PM150 km93 miles81 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ShoshongSat 12:20 PM172 km107 miles93 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BulawayoSat 12:20 PM221 km137 miles119 nmNortheast NE
MolepololeSat 12:20 PM353 km219 miles190 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PolokwaneSat 12:20 PM353 km219 miles191 nmSoutheast SE
GaboroneSat 12:20 PM362 km225 miles195 nmSouth-southwest SSW
GweruSat 12:20 PM368 km229 miles199 nmNortheast NE
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