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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 14:46:00 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 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 14:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 30' South, Longitude: 38° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.45 meters/second, 1592.8 km/hour, 989.7 miles/hour or 860.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.50 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.3"989.48 miwest0° 00' 41.5"0.79 minorth989.51 mi
24 hours0° 02' 12.0"2.42 mieast0° 16' 46.6"19.23 minorth19.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 14:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 35' South, Longitude: 178° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.30 meters/second, 1617.5 km/hour, 1005.1 miles/hour or 873.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 46.2"1004.96 miwest0° 11' 36.4"13.29 misouth1005.03 mi
24 hours348° 34' 45.8"789.93 miwest4° 37' 35.0"317.88 misouth850.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Vitória *Wed 12:46 PM388 km241 miles209 nmSouthwest SW
SalvadorWed 11:46 AM503 km312 miles272 nmNorth N
Belo Horizonte *Wed 12:46 PM654 km407 miles353 nmWest-southwest WSW
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 12:46 PM801 km498 miles432 nmSouthwest SW
Brasilia *Wed 12:46 PM1054 km655 miles569 nmWest W
RecifeWed 11:46 AM1099 km683 miles593 nmNorth-northeast NNE
São Paulo *Wed 12:46 PM1109 km689 miles599 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaWed 11:46 AM1522 km946 miles822 nmNorth N
BelémWed 11:46 AM2104 km1307 miles1136 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Asuncion *Wed 11:46 AM2192 km1362 miles1184 nmWest-southwest WSW
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