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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 11:20:00 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 11:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 34' South, Longitude: 12° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.43 meters/second, 1553.1 km/hour, 965.1 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"964.70 miwest0° 00' 25.0"0.48 minorth964.72 mi
24 hours0° 05' 39.5"6.07 mieast0° 10' 11.0"11.68 minorth13.16 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 16' South, Longitude: 20° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.40 meters/second, 1549.4 km/hour, 962.8 miles/hour or 836.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.05 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.17 minorth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 25' 29.5"962.60 miwest0° 09' 12.3"10.55 minorth963.00 mi
24 hours13° 24' 35.4"894.88 mieast4° 03' 03.3"278.48 minorth944.70 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Swakopmund *Sat 1:20 PM279 km173 miles150 nmEast-southeast ESE
Walvis Bay *Sat 1:20 PM291 km181 miles157 nmEast-southeast ESE
Windhoek *Sat 1:20 PM528 km328 miles285 nmEast-southeast ESE
LubangoSat 12:20 PM751 km467 miles405 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Rundu *Sat 1:20 PM899 km559 miles485 nmEast-northeast ENE
MenongueSat 12:20 PM967 km601 miles522 nmNortheast NE
GhanziSat 1:20 PM988 km614 miles534 nmEast E
LuandaSat 12:20 PM1414 km879 miles764 nmNorth N
GaboroneSat 1:20 PM1454 km904 miles785 nmEast-southeast ESE
Cape TownSat 1:20 PM1503 km934 miles812 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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