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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 Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30:00 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 Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 21' South, Longitude: 25° 42' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.32 meters/second, 1585.2 km/hour, 985.0 miles/hour or 855.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.42 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 59' 52.6"984.69 miwest0° 00' 39.0"0.75 minorth984.72 mi
24 hours0° 02' 50.3"3.11 mieast0° 15' 46.0"18.07 minorth18.34 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 54' North, Longitude: 152° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.02 meters/second, 1576.9 km/hour, 979.8 miles/hour or 851.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"16.33 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 31' 44.4"979.66 miwest0° 08' 52.0"10.16 misouth980.00 mi
24 hours11° 14' 16.6"757.79 mieast3° 49' 13.1"262.58 misouth806.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MaunSun 12:30 PM301 km187 miles163 nmSouthwest SW
BulawayoSun 12:30 PM363 km226 miles196 nmSoutheast SE
FrancistownSun 12:30 PM365 km227 miles197 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LusakaSun 12:30 PM426 km265 miles230 nmNortheast NE
MonguSun 12:30 PM437 km271 miles236 nmNorthwest NW
GweruSun 12:30 PM451 km280 miles243 nmEast-southeast ESE
SeroweSun 12:30 PM459 km285 miles248 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KabweSun 12:30 PM523 km325 miles282 nmNortheast NE
GhanziSun 12:30 PM563 km350 miles304 nmSouthwest SW
ChitungwizaSun 12:30 PM568 km353 miles306 nmEast E
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