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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 12:44:00 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 Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 39' South, Longitude: 8° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.13 meters/second, 1562.9 km/hour, 971.1 miles/hour or 843.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.19 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.19 mi
1 hour14° 59' 47.8"970.79 miwest0° 00' 30.0"0.57 minorth970.81 mi
24 hours0° 04' 47.1"5.16 mieast0° 12' 12.9"14.01 minorth14.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 32' North, Longitude: 60° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.79 meters/second, 1604.9 km/hour, 997.2 miles/hour or 866.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.62 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 32' 25.4"997.10 miwest0° 10' 29.9"12.03 minorth996.97 mi
24 hours11° 00' 07.8"754.48 mieast3° 57' 42.4"272.28 minorth798.30 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:44 PM597 km371 miles322 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Windhoek *Thu 2:44 PM2651 km1647 miles1431 nmEast E
LuandaThu 1:44 PM2670 km1659 miles1442 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméThu 12:44 PM2850 km1771 miles1539 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanThu 12:44 PM2912 km1810 miles1573 nmNorth N
MonroviaThu 12:44 PM2993 km1860 miles1616 nmNorth N
Cape TownThu 2:44 PM3026 km1880 miles1634 nmSoutheast SE
AccraThu 12:44 PM3034 km1885 miles1638 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleThu 1:44 PM3036 km1886 miles1639 nmNortheast NE
YamoussoukroThu 12:44 PM3057 km1900 miles1651 nmNorth N
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