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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 10:42:00 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 10:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 06' South, Longitude: 22° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.36 meters/second, 1578.1 km/hour, 980.6 miles/hour or 852.1 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' 51.2"980.29 miwest0° 00' 36.4"0.70 minorth980.32 mi
24 hours0° 03' 26.3"3.75 mieast0° 14' 45.3"16.92 minorth17.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 07' North, Longitude: 169° 39' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.54 meters/second, 1517.5 km/hour, 942.9 miles/hour or 819.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.72 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.05 misouth15.72 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.6"942.65 miwest0° 02' 54.0"3.33 misouth942.80 mi
24 hours348° 19' 17.4"758.68 miwest1° 35' 32.3"109.52 misouth770.25 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MaunThu 12:42 PM136 km84 miles73 nmSoutheast SE
GhanziThu 12:42 PM302 km187 miles163 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Rundu *Thu 12:42 PM321 km199 miles173 nmWest-northwest WNW
MonguThu 12:42 PM429 km267 miles232 nmNorth N
SeroweThu 12:42 PM566 km352 miles306 nmSoutheast SE
FrancistownThu 12:42 PM568 km353 miles307 nmEast-southeast ESE
BulawayoThu 12:42 PM645 km401 miles348 nmEast-southeast ESE
MolepololeThu 12:42 PM662 km412 miles358 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Windhoek *Thu 12:42 PM683 km424 miles369 nmSouthwest SW
GaboroneThu 12:42 PM706 km439 miles381 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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