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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 14:08:00 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 14:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 14' South, Longitude: 28° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.11 meters/second, 1595.2 km/hour, 991.2 miles/hour or 861.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.52 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.6"990.95 miwest0° 00' 42.2"0.81 minorth990.99 mi
24 hours0° 02' 00.2"2.21 mieast0° 17' 04.5"19.57 minorth19.70 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 14:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 05' South, Longitude: 160° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.20 meters/second, 1609.9 km/hour, 1000.4 miles/hour or 869.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.67 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 misouth16.67 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.0"1000.23 miwest0° 11' 26.2"13.10 misouth1000.17 mi
24 hours11° 47' 11.3"812.07 mieast4° 27' 06.0"305.91 misouth864.39 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorThu 11:08 AM1159 km720 miles626 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeThu 11:08 AM1217 km756 miles657 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 12:08 PM1648 km1024 miles890 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaThu 11:08 AM1845 km1146 miles996 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Thu 12:08 PM2004 km1245 miles1082 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Thu 12:08 PM2061 km1281 miles1113 nmWest W
JamestownThu 2:08 PM2448 km1521 miles1322 nmEast E
BelémThu 11:08 AM2787 km1732 miles1505 nmNorthwest NW
Asuncion *Thu 11:08 AM3133 km1947 miles1692 nmWest-southwest WSW
MonroviaThu 2:08 PM3260 km2025 miles1760 nmNortheast NE
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