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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 15:46:00 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 15:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 29' South, Longitude: 53° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.48 meters/second, 1592.9 km/hour, 989.8 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"989.54 miwest0° 00' 41.5"0.79 minorth989.57 mi
24 hours0° 02' 11.4"2.41 mieast0° 16' 47.5"19.25 minorth19.40 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 15:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 47' South, Longitude: 164° 14' East

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' 31.7"16.75 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 44.8"1004.90 miwest0° 11' 36.6"13.30 misouth1004.96 mi
24 hours11° 25' 58.7"790.75 mieast4° 37' 24.2"317.67 misouth850.98 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Barra do GarçasWed 12:46 PM201 km125 miles109 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Goiânia *Wed 1:46 PM420 km261 miles227 nmEast E
Brasilia *Wed 1:46 PM594 km369 miles321 nmEast-northeast ENE
San Ignacio de VelascoWed 11:46 AM840 km522 miles454 nmWest W
São Paulo *Wed 1:46 PM957 km595 miles517 nmSoutheast SE
Asuncion *Wed 12:46 PM980 km609 miles529 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Rio de Janeiro *Wed 1:46 PM1206 km749 miles651 nmEast-southeast ESE
SucreWed 11:46 AM1291 km802 miles697 nmWest W
La PazWed 11:46 AM1597 km993 miles862 nmWest W
SalvadorWed 12:46 PM1654 km1028 miles893 nmEast-northeast ENE
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