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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 Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:20:00 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 Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 06' South, Longitude: 28° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.98 meters/second, 1587.5 km/hour, 986.5 miles/hour or 857.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.44 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.2"986.18 miwest0° 00' 39.8"0.76 minorth986.21 mi
24 hours0° 02' 38.3"2.89 mieast0° 16' 05.4"18.44 minorth18.67 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 06' North, Longitude: 139° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.83 meters/second, 1597.8 km/hour, 992.8 miles/hour or 862.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.55 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.19 misouth16.55 mi
1 hour14° 32' 02.9"992.68 miwest0° 10' 12.9"11.70 misouth992.99 mi
24 hours11° 09' 21.8"761.98 mieast4° 16' 40.6"293.97 misouth820.30 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GweruMon 12:20 PM224 km139 miles121 nmSoutheast SE
BulawayoMon 12:20 PM231 km144 miles125 nmSouth S
LusakaMon 12:20 PM296 km184 miles160 nmNorth N
ChitungwizaMon 12:20 PM297 km185 miles160 nmEast E
HarareMon 12:20 PM298 km185 miles161 nmEast E
FrancistownMon 12:20 PM350 km217 miles189 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MasvingoMon 12:20 PM350 km217 miles189 nmSoutheast SE
KabweMon 12:20 PM404 km251 miles218 nmNorth N
MutareMon 12:20 PM476 km296 miles257 nmEast-southeast ESE
SeroweMon 12:20 PM502 km312 miles271 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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