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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 Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:08:00 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 Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 22' South, Longitude: 151° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.77 meters/second, 1594.0 km/hour, 990.4 miles/hour or 860.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.51 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.51 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.5"990.19 miwest0° 00' 41.9"0.80 minorth990.23 mi
24 hours0° 02' 06.3"2.32 mieast0° 16' 55.4"19.40 minorth19.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 02:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 47' South, Longitude: 13° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.65 meters/second, 1615.1 km/hour, 1003.6 miles/hour or 872.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.73 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 28.1"1003.49 miwest0° 11' 35.3"13.27 misouth1003.49 mi
24 hours11° 34' 43.4"799.97 mieast4° 34' 07.7"313.94 misouth857.14 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsThu 12:08 PM596 km370 miles322 nmWest W
Port MoresbyThu 12:08 PM985 km612 miles532 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneThu 12:08 PM1132 km703 miles611 nmSouth S
HoniaraThu 1:08 PM1280 km795 miles691 nmNortheast NE
Port VilaThu 1:08 PM1801 km1119 miles972 nmEast E
Sydney *Thu 1:08 PM1828 km1136 miles987 nmSouth S
Alice SpringsThu 11:38 AM1952 km1213 miles1054 nmWest-southwest WSW
Canberra *Thu 1:08 PM1997 km1241 miles1078 nmSouth S
JayapuraThu 11:08 AM2011 km1250 miles1086 nmNorthwest NW
DarwinThu 11:38 AM2271 km1411 miles1226 nmWest W
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