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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 Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:46:00 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 Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 14' South, Longitude: 8° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.31 meters/second, 1567.1 km/hour, 973.8 miles/hour or 846.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.23 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 minorth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 59' 48.7"973.42 miwest0° 00' 32.0"0.61 minorth973.44 mi
24 hours0° 04' 24.4"4.77 mieast0° 12' 58.8"14.88 minorth15.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 53' North, Longitude: 82° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.57 meters/second, 1564.5 km/hour, 972.1 miles/hour or 844.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.20 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth16.20 mi
1 hour14° 32' 16.4"971.89 miwest0° 07' 37.0"8.73 minorth971.64 mi
24 hours11° 10' 05.1"746.66 mieast2° 42' 15.1"185.95 minorth764.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSat 12:46 PM577 km359 miles312 nmNortheast NE
LuandaSat 1:46 PM2683 km1667 miles1449 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Sat 2:46 PM2694 km1674 miles1455 nmEast E
São ToméSat 12:46 PM2835 km1762 miles1531 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanSat 12:46 PM2874 km1786 miles1552 nmNorth N
MonroviaSat 12:46 PM2944 km1830 miles1590 nmNorth N
AccraSat 12:46 PM3002 km1865 miles1621 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroSat 12:46 PM3016 km1874 miles1629 nmNorth N
LibrevilleSat 1:46 PM3027 km1881 miles1634 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownSat 2:46 PM3082 km1915 miles1664 nmSoutheast SE
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