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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 20:52:00 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 20:52:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 15' South, Longitude: 129° 60' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.99 meters/second, 1576.8 km/hour, 979.8 miles/hour or 851.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.33 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.9"979.46 miwest0° 00' 36.0"0.69 minorth979.49 mi
24 hours0° 03' 33.2"3.87 mieast0° 14' 33.3"16.69 minorth17.13 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 20:52:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 37' North, Longitude: 10° 24' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.16 meters/second, 1512.6 km/hour, 939.9 miles/hour or 816.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.66 miwest0° 00' 01.5"0.03 misouth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 30' 40.8"939.55 miwest0° 01' 34.0"1.80 misouth939.63 mi
24 hours11° 42' 57.7"758.65 mieast1° 04' 10.4"73.57 misouth764.80 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownWed 12:52 PM645 km401 miles348 nmSouth S
Gambier IslandsWed 11:52 AM670 km417 miles362 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteWed 10:52 AM2075 km1290 miles1121 nmWest W
Easter Island *Wed 3:52 PM2283 km1419 miles1233 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaWed 10:52 AM3115 km1935 miles1682 nmWest W
KiritimatiThu 10:52 AM3793 km2357 miles2048 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiWed 9:52 AM4190 km2603 miles2262 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 10:52 AM4488 km2789 miles2424 nmWest W
NukualofaThu 9:52 AM4713 km2929 miles2545 nmWest W
HonoluluWed 10:52 AM5417 km3366 miles2925 nmNorthwest NW
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