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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 09:56:00 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 09:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 50' South, Longitude: 34° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.64 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' 53.7"987.66 miwest0° 00' 40.5"0.78 minorth987.69 mi
24 hours0° 02' 26.4"2.68 mieast0° 16' 24.2"18.80 minorth18.99 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 09:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 54' North, Longitude: 122° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.87 meters/second, 1612.3 km/hour, 1001.9 miles/hour or 870.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.70 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 32' 07.4"1001.75 miwest0° 11' 07.6"12.74 misouth1001.97 mi
24 hours11° 11' 11.5"770.96 mieast4° 33' 13.4"312.88 misouth833.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MutareTue 11:56 AM214 km133 miles115 nmSouthwest SW
BeiraTue 11:56 AM229 km142 miles124 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BlantyreTue 11:56 AM239 km148 miles129 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HarareTue 11:56 AM343 km213 miles185 nmWest W
ChitungwizaTue 11:56 AM344 km213 miles186 nmWest W
LilongweTue 11:56 AM429 km266 miles231 nmNorth N
MasvingoTue 11:56 AM441 km274 miles238 nmSouthwest SW
ChipataTue 11:56 AM495 km308 miles268 nmNorth-northwest NNW
GweruTue 11:56 AM505 km314 miles273 nmWest-southwest WSW
NampulaTue 11:56 AM610 km379 miles329 nmEast-northeast ENE
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