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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 18:40:00 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 18:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 10' South, Longitude: 96° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.24 meters/second, 1595.6 km/hour, 991.5 miles/hour or 861.6 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' 54.7"991.24 miwest0° 00' 42.4"0.81 minorth991.27 mi
24 hours0° 01' 58.0"2.17 mieast0° 17' 08.0"19.64 minorth19.76 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 18:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 57' South, Longitude: 133° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.46 meters/second, 1607.3 km/hour, 998.7 miles/hour or 867.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.64 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 misouth16.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.9"998.57 miwest0° 11' 20.5"12.99 misouth998.48 mi
24 hours11° 52' 31.7"817.02 mieast4° 23' 30.3"301.81 misouth867.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Thu 1:40 PM1708 km1061 miles922 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:40 PM1958 km1216 miles1057 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaThu 1:40 PM2183 km1357 miles1179 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilThu 1:40 PM2466 km1533 miles1332 nmNortheast NE
QuitoThu 1:40 PM2731 km1697 miles1474 nmNortheast NE
La PazThu 2:40 PM3035 km1886 miles1639 nmEast E
Santiago *Thu 3:40 PM3159 km1963 miles1705 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoThu 2:40 PM3213 km1997 miles1735 nmEast E
San JoseThu 12:40 PM3300 km2051 miles1782 nmNorth-northeast NNE
SucreThu 2:40 PM3321 km2064 miles1793 nmEast E
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