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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 Friday, January 18, 2013 at 13:36:00 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 Friday, January 18, 2013 at 13:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 26' South, Longitude: 21° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.73 meters/second, 1565.0 km/hour, 972.5 miles/hour or 845.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.21 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 59' 48.3"972.13 miwest0° 00' 31.0"0.59 minorth972.16 mi
24 hours0° 04' 35.5"4.96 mieast0° 12' 36.8"14.46 minorth15.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 13:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 38' North, Longitude: 59° 02' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.52 meters/second, 1585.9 km/hour, 985.4 miles/hour or 856.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.42 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 32' 30.3"985.24 miwest0° 09' 09.1"10.48 minorth985.03 mi
24 hours11° 02' 09.5"747.75 mieast3° 21' 50.5"231.26 minorth777.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownFri 1:36 PM1728 km1074 miles933 nmEast-northeast ENE
RecifeFri 10:36 AM1995 km1239 miles1077 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorFri 10:36 AM2002 km1244 miles1081 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Fri 11:36 AM2273 km1412 miles1227 nmWest W
FortalezaFri 10:36 AM2625 km1631 miles1417 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Fri 11:36 AM2629 km1633 miles1419 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Fri 11:36 AM2849 km1771 miles1539 nmWest W
MonroviaFri 1:36 PM3176 km1974 miles1715 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownFri 1:36 PM3320 km2063 miles1793 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakryFri 1:36 PM3416 km2123 miles1845 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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