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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 11:02:00 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 11:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 06' South, Longitude: 17° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.37 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"980.31 miwest0° 00' 36.4"0.70 minorth980.34 mi
24 hours0° 03' 26.1"3.75 mieast0° 14' 45.7"16.92 minorth17.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 06' North, Longitude: 164° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.58 meters/second, 1517.7 km/hour, 943.0 miles/hour or 819.5 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"0.06 misouth15.72 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.6"942.75 miwest0° 02' 56.0"3.36 misouth942.90 mi
24 hours11° 40' 37.8"758.68 mieast1° 36' 16.9"110.38 misouth770.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Rundu *Thu 1:02 PM269 km167 miles145 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Thu 1:02 PM386 km240 miles208 nmSouth S
MenongueThu 12:02 PM491 km305 miles265 nmNorth N
Swakopmund *Thu 1:02 PM505 km314 miles273 nmSouthwest SW
GhanziThu 1:02 PM516 km321 miles279 nmSoutheast SE
Walvis Bay *Thu 1:02 PM530 km330 miles286 nmSouthwest SW
MaunThu 1:02 PM625 km389 miles338 nmEast E
LubangoThu 12:02 PM632 km393 miles341 nmNorthwest NW
HuamboThu 12:02 PM726 km451 miles392 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MonguThu 1:02 PM731 km454 miles395 nmNortheast NE
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