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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 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:34:00 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 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 50' South, Longitude: 6° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.57 meters/second, 1560.8 km/hour, 969.9 miles/hour or 842.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.16 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.3"969.51 miwest0° 00' 29.0"0.56 minorth969.53 mi
24 hours0° 04' 58.0"5.36 mieast0° 11' 49.4"13.56 minorth14.58 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 06' North, Longitude: 51° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.74 meters/second, 1615.5 km/hour, 1003.8 miles/hour or 872.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 55.3"1003.73 miwest0° 11' 27.1"13.11 minorth1003.72 mi
24 hours11° 07' 13.4"768.09 mieast4° 24' 45.9"303.22 minorth823.59 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownWed 12:34 PM545 km339 miles294 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Wed 2:34 PM2399 km1491 miles1295 nmEast E
LuandaWed 1:34 PM2458 km1527 miles1327 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméWed 12:34 PM2724 km1693 miles1471 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Cape TownWed 2:34 PM2809 km1745 miles1517 nmSoutheast SE
LibrevilleWed 1:34 PM2891 km1797 miles1561 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanWed 12:34 PM2902 km1803 miles1567 nmNorth N
KinshasaWed 1:34 PM2945 km1830 miles1590 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleWed 1:34 PM2947 km1831 miles1591 nmNortheast NE
AccraWed 12:34 PM2987 km1856 miles1613 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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