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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 19:44:00 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 19:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 31' South, Longitude: 113° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.60 meters/second, 1553.8 km/hour, 965.5 miles/hour or 839.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.09 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 minorth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 59' 45.7"965.09 miwest0° 00' 25.3"0.48 minorth965.12 mi
24 hours0° 05' 36.1"6.01 mieast0° 10' 19.7"11.84 minorth13.28 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 19:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 56' South, Longitude: 100° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.37 meters/second, 1560.1 km/hour, 969.4 miles/hour or 842.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.16 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 minorth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 26' 12.4"969.25 miwest0° 09' 55.6"11.38 minorth969.66 mi
24 hours13° 07' 27.0"881.15 mieast4° 16' 38.9"294.02 minorth935.83 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 *Sat 2:44 PM770 km478 miles416 nmSoutheast SE
AdamstownSat 11:44 AM1706 km1060 miles921 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsSat 1:44 PM3483 km2164 miles1881 nmNortheast NE
PapeeteSat 9:44 AM3765 km2339 miles2033 nmWest W
LimaSat 2:44 PM4052 km2518 miles2188 nmEast E
Santiago *Sat 4:44 PM4434 km2755 miles2394 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoSat 2:44 PM4504 km2798 miles2432 nmEast-northeast ENE
San SalvadorSat 1:44 PM4737 km2943 miles2558 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaSat 1:44 PM4739 km2945 miles2559 nmNortheast NE
RarotongaSat 9:44 AM4744 km2948 miles2561 nmWest W
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