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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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:36:00 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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 50' South, Longitude: 39° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.63 meters/second, 1589.9 km/hour, 987.9 miles/hour or 858.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.47 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.47 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.6"987.64 miwest0° 00' 40.5"0.78 minorth987.67 mi
24 hours0° 02' 26.6"2.68 mieast0° 16' 23.9"18.80 minorth18.99 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 58' North, Longitude: 117° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.83 meters/second, 1612.2 km/hour, 1001.8 miles/hour or 870.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.69 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 32' 07.5"1001.66 miwest0° 11' 07.0"12.73 misouth1001.88 mi
24 hours11° 11' 06.6"770.79 mieast4° 33' 04.0"312.71 misouth833.52 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NampulaTue 11:36 AM301 km187 miles162 nmNorth N
BlantyreTue 11:36 AM509 km317 miles275 nmWest-northwest WNW
BeiraTue 11:36 AM519 km322 miles280 nmWest-southwest WSW
LilongweTue 11:36 AM728 km452 miles393 nmNorthwest NW
FomboniTue 12:36 PM779 km484 miles420 nmNortheast NE
MoroniTue 12:36 PM803 km499 miles433 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MutsamuduTue 12:36 PM834 km518 miles450 nmNortheast NE
AntsirabeTue 12:36 PM846 km526 miles457 nmEast-southeast ESE
MamoutzouTue 12:36 PM848 km527 miles458 nmNortheast NE
ChipataTue 11:36 AM849 km528 miles459 nmWest-northwest WNW
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