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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 21:46:00 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 21:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 58' South, Longitude: 143° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.30 meters/second, 1588.7 km/hour, 987.2 miles/hour or 857.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.45 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.45 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.3"986.89 miwest0° 00' 40.1"0.77 minorth986.92 mi
24 hours0° 02' 32.5"2.79 mieast0° 16' 14.5"18.62 minorth18.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, January 28, 2013 at 21:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 07' North, Longitude: 54° 39' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.06 meters/second, 1605.8 km/hour, 997.8 miles/hour or 867.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.63 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 misouth16.63 mi
1 hour14° 32' 07.3"997.69 miwest0° 10' 42.7"12.27 misouth997.96 mi
24 hours11° 09' 16.6"765.65 mieast4° 26' 04.8"304.72 misouth826.77 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteMon 11:46 AM673 km418 miles364 nmWest W
AdamstownMon 1:46 PM1570 km976 miles848 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaMon 11:46 AM1772 km1101 miles957 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiTue 11:46 AM2684 km1667 miles1449 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiMon 10:46 AM2817 km1751 miles1521 nmWest W
Apia *Tue 11:46 AM3087 km1918 miles1667 nmWest W
FakaofoTue 10:46 AM3170 km1970 miles1712 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaTue 10:46 AM3367 km2092 miles1818 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Mon 4:46 PM3618 km2248 miles1954 nmEast-southeast ESE
SuvaTue 9:46 AM4052 km2518 miles2188 nmWest W
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