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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 Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 23:02:00 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 Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 28' South, Longitude: 162° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.42 meters/second, 1574.7 km/hour, 978.5 miles/hour or 850.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.31 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.4"978.16 miwest0° 00' 35.1"0.67 minorth978.19 mi
24 hours0° 03' 44.1"4.06 mieast0° 14' 14.0"16.32 minorth16.82 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 23:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 47' North, Longitude: 32° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.76 meters/second, 1511.1 km/hour, 939.0 miles/hour or 815.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.65 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 48.5"938.65 miwest0° 00' 33.0"0.63 minorth938.62 mi
24 hours11° 42' 34.3"757.40 mieast0° 13' 32.0"15.52 misouth758.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaTue 1:02 PM350 km218 miles189 nmSoutheast SE
AlofiTue 12:02 PM775 km482 miles419 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 1:02 PM1163 km723 miles628 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaWed 12:02 PM1333 km828 miles720 nmWest W
PapeeteTue 1:02 PM1388 km862 miles749 nmEast E
FakaofoWed 12:02 PM1456 km905 miles786 nmNorthwest NW
SuvaWed 11:02 AM2009 km1249 miles1085 nmWest W
FunafutiWed 11:02 AM2308 km1434 miles1246 nmWest-northwest WNW
KiritimatiWed 1:02 PM2427 km1508 miles1311 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Baker IslandTue 11:02 AM2653 km1648 miles1432 nmNorthwest NW
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