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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 22:44:00 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 Friday, January 18, 2013 at 22:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 21' South, Longitude: 158° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.96 meters/second, 1565.8 km/hour, 973.0 miles/hour or 845.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.22 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.22 mi
1 hour14° 59' 48.4"972.64 miwest0° 00' 31.3"0.60 minorth972.66 mi
24 hours0° 04' 31.1"4.89 mieast0° 12' 45.5"14.63 minorth15.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 22:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 59' North, Longitude: 73° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.23 meters/second, 1577.6 km/hour, 980.3 miles/hour or 851.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.4"16.34 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 minorth16.34 mi
1 hour14° 32' 26.5"980.11 miwest0° 08' 34.6"9.83 minorth979.88 mi
24 hours11° 04' 44.5"746.82 mieast3° 06' 53.9"214.16 minorth772.07 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaFri 12:44 PM179 km111 miles96 nmWest-southwest WSW
PapeeteFri 12:44 PM975 km606 miles526 nmEast-northeast ENE
AlofiFri 11:44 AM1222 km759 miles660 nmWest W
Apia *Sat 12:44 PM1600 km994 miles864 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaSat 11:44 AM1757 km1092 miles949 nmWest W
FakaofoSat 11:44 AM1843 km1145 miles995 nmNorthwest NW
Suva *Sat 11:44 AM2453 km1524 miles1325 nmWest W
KiritimatiSat 12:44 PM2460 km1529 miles1328 nmNorth N
FunafutiSat 10:44 AM2746 km1707 miles1483 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownFri 2:44 PM2942 km1828 miles1589 nmEast-southeast ESE
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