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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 21:42:00 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 21:42:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 60' South, Longitude: 142° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.66 meters/second, 1579.2 km/hour, 981.3 miles/hour or 852.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.35 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.35 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.3"980.96 miwest0° 00' 36.9"0.70 minorth980.99 mi
24 hours0° 03' 20.8"3.65 mieast0° 14' 54.8"17.10 minorth17.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 21:42:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 30' North, Longitude: 10° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.21 meters/second, 1523.6 km/hour, 946.7 miles/hour or 822.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.78 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.07 misouth15.78 mi
1 hour14° 30' 47.4"946.40 miwest0° 03' 56.3"4.52 misouth946.61 mi
24 hours11° 37' 43.4"758.39 mieast1° 59' 40.1"137.18 misouth775.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteThu 11:42 AM771 km479 miles416 nmWest W
Gambier IslandsThu 12:42 PM903 km561 miles487 nmEast-southeast ESE
AdamstownThu 1:42 PM1439 km894 miles777 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaThu 11:42 AM1829 km1137 miles988 nmWest W
KiritimatiFri 11:42 AM2825 km1755 miles1525 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiThu 10:42 AM2890 km1796 miles1560 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 11:42 AM3181 km1976 miles1717 nmWest W
FakaofoFri 10:42 AM3280 km2038 miles1771 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaFri 10:42 AM3429 km2131 miles1852 nmWest W
Easter Island *Thu 4:42 PM3498 km2173 miles1889 nmEast-southeast ESE
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