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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 22:02:00 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 Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 22:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 14' South, Longitude: 147° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.03 meters/second, 1576.9 km/hour, 979.8 miles/hour or 851.5 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"979.53 miwest0° 00' 36.0"0.69 minorth979.56 mi
24 hours0° 03' 32.6"3.86 mieast0° 14' 34.3"16.71 minorth17.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 22:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 35' North, Longitude: 6° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.24 meters/second, 1512.9 km/hour, 940.0 miles/hour or 816.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.67 miwest0° 00' 01.6"0.03 misouth15.67 mi
1 hour14° 30' 40.8"939.73 miwest0° 01' 40.8"1.93 misouth939.82 mi
24 hours11° 42' 50.5"758.67 mieast1° 06' 51.1"76.64 misouth765.23 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteWed 12:02 PM289 km179 miles156 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaWed 12:02 PM1302 km809 miles703 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownWed 2:02 PM1905 km1184 miles1029 nmEast-southeast ESE
AlofiWed 11:02 AM2357 km1465 miles1273 nmWest W
KiritimatiThu 12:02 PM2570 km1597 miles1388 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Apia *Thu 12:02 PM2657 km1651 miles1434 nmWest W
FakaofoThu 11:02 AM2780 km1727 miles1501 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaThu 11:02 AM2900 km1802 miles1566 nmWest W
SuvaThu 10:02 AM3591 km2232 miles1939 nmWest W
FunafutiThu 10:02 AM3780 km2349 miles2041 nmWest-northwest WNW
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