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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 Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 22:40:00 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 Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 55' South, Longitude: 157° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.16 meters/second, 1570.2 km/hour, 975.7 miles/hour or 847.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.26 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.26 mi
1 hour14° 59' 49.3"975.34 miwest0° 00' 33.2"0.64 minorth975.37 mi
24 hours0° 04' 08.1"4.48 mieast0° 13' 30.4"15.48 minorth16.12 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 22:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 29' North, Longitude: 50° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.19 meters/second, 1534.3 km/hour, 953.4 miles/hour or 828.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"15.89 miwest0° 00' 05.0"0.10 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 31' 38.3"953.08 miwest0° 04' 58.0"5.70 minorth952.87 mi
24 hours11° 26' 15.0"750.45 mieast1° 35' 12.1"109.14 minorth754.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaSun 12:40 PM306 km190 miles165 nmWest-southwest WSW
PapeeteSun 12:40 PM846 km526 miles457 nmEast-northeast ENE
AlofiSun 11:40 AM1339 km832 miles723 nmWest W
Apia *Mon 12:40 PM1692 km1051 miles914 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaMon 11:40 AM1882 km1169 miles1016 nmWest W
FakaofoMon 11:40 AM1909 km1186 miles1031 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiMon 12:40 PM2410 km1498 miles1301 nmNorth N
SuvaMon 10:40 AM2572 km1598 miles1389 nmWest W
FunafutiMon 10:40 AM2836 km1762 miles1532 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownSun 2:40 PM2840 km1765 miles1533 nmEast-southeast ESE
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