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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 18:46:00 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 18:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 23' South, Longitude: 98° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.86 meters/second, 1565.5 km/hour, 972.8 miles/hour or 845.3 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' 48.4"972.42 miwest0° 00' 31.2"0.60 minorth972.45 mi
24 hours0° 04' 33.0"4.92 mieast0° 12' 41.7"14.56 minorth15.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 18:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 24' North, Longitude: 16° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.24 meters/second, 1581.3 km/hour, 982.6 miles/hour or 853.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.37 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 minorth16.38 mi
1 hour14° 32' 28.4"982.37 miwest0° 08' 49.8"10.12 minorth982.15 mi
24 hours11° 03' 31.2"747.14 mieast3° 13' 29.8"221.71 minorth774.53 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 *Fri 1:46 PM1300 km808 miles702 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsFri 12:46 PM2379 km1478 miles1285 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaFri 1:46 PM2504 km1556 miles1352 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Fri 3:46 PM3136 km1949 miles1693 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoFri 1:46 PM3143 km1953 miles1697 nmNortheast NE
AdamstownFri 10:46 AM3245 km2016 miles1752 nmWest-southwest WSW
La PazFri 2:46 PM3269 km2031 miles1765 nmEast E
SucreFri 2:46 PM3518 km2186 miles1900 nmEast E
Rio BrancoFri 2:46 PM3520 km2187 miles1901 nmEast-northeast ENE
CórdobaFri 3:46 PM3665 km2278 miles1979 nmEast-southeast ESE
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