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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 Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:34:00 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 Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 39' South, Longitude: 9° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.11 meters/second, 1562.8 km/hour, 971.1 miles/hour or 843.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.18 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.18 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.8"970.72 miwest0° 00' 30.0"0.57 minorth970.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 47.5"5.17 mieast0° 12' 11.7"13.98 minorth14.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 20' North, Longitude: 77° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.99 meters/second, 1605.6 km/hour, 997.7 miles/hour or 866.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.63 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 32' 24.5"997.55 miwest0° 10' 33.2"12.09 minorth997.42 mi
24 hours11° 00' 14.9"754.97 mieast3° 59' 12.0"273.99 minorth799.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Swakopmund *Thu 1:34 PM610 km379 miles329 nmEast-southeast ESE
Walvis Bay *Thu 1:34 PM619 km385 miles334 nmEast-southeast ESE
LubangoThu 12:34 PM790 km491 miles427 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Thu 1:34 PM860 km535 miles465 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuandaThu 12:34 PM1383 km859 miles747 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JamestownThu 11:34 AM1645 km1022 miles888 nmWest-northwest WNW
Cape TownThu 1:34 PM1737 km1079 miles938 nmSouth-southeast SSE
GaboroneThu 1:34 PM1788 km1111 miles965 nmEast-southeast ESE
KinshasaThu 12:34 PM1930 km1199 miles1042 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BrazzavilleThu 12:34 PM1935 km1202 miles1045 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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