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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 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:56:00 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 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 37' South, Longitude: 124° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.15 meters/second, 1591.7 km/hour, 989.1 miles/hour or 859.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.48 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.9"988.79 miwest0° 00' 41.1"0.79 minorth988.82 mi
24 hours0° 02' 17.4"2.52 mieast0° 16' 38.3"19.07 minorth19.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 30' North, Longitude: 23° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.27 meters/second, 1617.4 km/hour, 1005.0 miles/hour or 873.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.0"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 58.0"1004.90 miwest0° 11' 30.7"13.18 misouth1005.03 mi
24 hours11° 18' 18.0"781.71 mieast4° 38' 05.6"318.46 misouth844.07 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BroomeWed 11:56 AM224 km139 miles121 nmWest W
KupangWed 11:56 AM830 km515 miles448 nmNorth N
DarwinWed 1:26 PM904 km562 miles488 nmNortheast NE
SuaiWed 12:56 PM925 km575 miles499 nmNorth N
SameWed 12:56 PM965 km599 miles521 nmNorth N
EndeWed 11:56 AM1012 km629 miles547 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DiliWed 12:56 PM1012 km629 miles547 nmNorth N
Alice SpringsWed 1:26 PM1200 km746 miles648 nmSoutheast SE
DenpasarWed 11:56 AM1396 km868 miles754 nmNorthwest NW
MakassarWed 11:56 AM1481 km920 miles800 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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