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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 19:36:00 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 19:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 23' South, Longitude: 111° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.88 meters/second, 1565.6 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"972.46 miwest0° 00' 31.2"0.60 minorth972.49 mi
24 hours0° 04' 32.5"4.91 mieast0° 12' 42.6"14.57 minorth15.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 19:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 32' North, Longitude: 28° 13' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.03 meters/second, 1580.5 km/hour, 982.1 miles/hour or 853.4 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' 08.7"0.17 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 32' 28.1"981.90 miwest0° 08' 46.6"10.06 minorth981.67 mi
24 hours11° 03' 45.7"747.06 mieast3° 12' 07.5"220.14 minorth774.00 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 2:36 PM770 km479 miles416 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownFri 11:36 AM1993 km1239 miles1076 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsFri 1:36 PM3201 km1989 miles1728 nmNortheast NE
LimaFri 2:36 PM3774 km2345 miles2038 nmEast E
PapeeteFri 9:36 AM4029 km2503 miles2175 nmWest W
QuitoFri 2:36 PM4213 km2618 miles2275 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Fri 4:36 PM4260 km2647 miles2300 nmEast-southeast ESE
San SalvadorFri 1:36 PM4482 km2785 miles2420 nmNortheast NE
San JoseFri 1:36 PM4490 km2790 miles2424 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaFri 1:36 PM4491 km2790 miles2425 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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