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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 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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 21:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 42' South, Longitude: 143° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.97 meters/second, 1591.1 km/hour, 988.7 miles/hour or 859.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.48 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.9"988.40 miwest0° 00' 41.0"0.78 minorth988.43 mi
24 hours0° 02' 20.5"2.57 mieast0° 16' 33.5"18.98 minorth19.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 21:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 41' North, Longitude: 65° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.98 meters/second, 1616.3 km/hour, 1004.3 miles/hour or 872.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.74 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 misouth16.74 mi
1 hour14° 32' 02.7"1004.24 miwest0° 11' 24.7"13.07 misouth1004.40 mi
24 hours11° 15' 15.5"777.62 mieast4° 37' 12.9"317.45 misouth840.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteTue 11:46 AM677 km421 miles365 nmWest W
AdamstownTue 1:46 PM1582 km983 miles854 nmEast-southeast ESE
RarotongaTue 11:46 AM1784 km1108 miles963 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiWed 11:46 AM2662 km1654 miles1438 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiTue 10:46 AM2826 km1756 miles1526 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 11:46 AM3089 km1919 miles1668 nmWest W
FakaofoWed 10:46 AM3168 km1968 miles1710 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaWed 10:46 AM3378 km2099 miles1824 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Tue 4:46 PM3625 km2253 miles1958 nmEast-southeast ESE
SuvaWed 9:46 AM4060 km2523 miles2192 nmWest W
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