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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 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:52:00 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 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 22' South, Longitude: 49° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.68 meters/second, 1575.6 km/hour, 979.1 miles/hour or 850.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.32 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.5"978.74 miwest0° 00' 35.4"0.68 minorth978.77 mi
24 hours0° 03' 39.2"3.98 mieast0° 14' 22.7"16.49 minorth16.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 48' North, Longitude: 175° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.66 meters/second, 1510.8 km/hour, 938.8 miles/hour or 815.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.65 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 43.4"938.43 miwest0° 00' 24.0"0.46 misouth938.46 mi
24 hours11° 43' 21.9"758.15 mieast0° 36' 24.9"41.75 misouth760.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ToamasinaWed 11:52 AM147 km91 miles79 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AntananarivoWed 11:52 AM263 km163 miles142 nmWest W
AntsirabeWed 11:52 AM313 km195 miles169 nmWest W
FianarantsoaWed 11:52 AM380 km236 miles205 nmSouthwest SW
MahajangaWed 11:52 AM560 km348 miles302 nmNorthwest NW
Saint-DenisWed 12:52 PM597 km371 miles322 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port LouisWed 12:52 PM794 km493 miles429 nmEast E
MamoutzouWed 11:52 AM887 km551 miles479 nmNorthwest NW
MutsamuduWed 11:52 AM995 km618 miles537 nmNorthwest NW
MoroniWed 11:52 AM1113 km691 miles601 nmNorthwest NW
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