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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 Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:02:00 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 Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 07' South, Longitude: 47° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.32 meters/second, 1578.0 km/hour, 980.5 miles/hour or 852.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.34 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.34 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.1"980.19 miwest0° 00' 36.3"0.70 minorth980.22 mi
24 hours0° 03' 27.1"3.76 mieast0° 14' 43.9"16.89 minorth17.30 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 11' North, Longitude: 166° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.33 meters/second, 1516.8 km/hour, 942.5 miles/hour or 819.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.71 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.1"942.17 miwest0° 02' 44.5"3.14 misouth942.32 mi
24 hours11° 41' 04.3"758.71 mieast1° 31' 48.6"105.25 misouth769.56 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AntananarivoThu 12:02 PM23 km14 miles12 nmNorth N
AntsirabeThu 12:02 PM98 km61 miles53 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ToamasinaThu 12:02 PM225 km140 miles121 nmEast-northeast ENE
FianarantsoaThu 12:02 PM262 km163 miles142 nmSouth S
MahajangaThu 12:02 PM398 km247 miles215 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ToliaraThu 12:02 PM617 km383 miles333 nmSouthwest SW
MamoutzouThu 12:02 PM743 km462 miles401 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MutsamuduThu 12:02 PM840 km522 miles454 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Saint-DenisThu 1:02 PM851 km529 miles460 nmEast-southeast ESE
FomboniThu 12:02 PM859 km534 miles464 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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