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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 Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 13:56:00 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 Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 13:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 39' South, Longitude: 25° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.46 meters/second, 1600.0 km/hour, 994.2 miles/hour or 864.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.57 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.57 mi
1 hour14° 59' 55.7"993.99 miwest0° 00' 43.7"0.84 minorth994.02 mi
24 hours0° 01' 36.4"1.78 mieast0° 17' 39.7"20.24 minorth20.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 13:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 33' South, Longitude: 133° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.23 meters/second, 1566.8 km/hour, 973.6 miles/hour or 846.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.4"16.23 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 misouth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 28' 25.0"973.35 miwest0° 09' 19.5"10.68 misouth973.09 mi
24 hours12° 57' 08.4"871.06 mieast3° 21' 41.0"231.11 misouth894.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeSat 10:56 AM1386 km861 miles748 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorSat 10:56 AM1449 km900 miles782 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Sat 11:56 AM1972 km1225 miles1065 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaSat 10:56 AM2016 km1253 miles1088 nmNorthwest NW
JamestownSat 1:56 PM2122 km1318 miles1146 nmEast E
São Paulo *Sat 11:56 AM2329 km1447 miles1258 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Sat 11:56 AM2387 km1483 miles1289 nmWest W
MonroviaSat 1:56 PM3016 km1874 miles1629 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BelémSat 10:56 AM3023 km1878 miles1632 nmWest-northwest WNW
FreetownSat 1:56 PM3095 km1923 miles1671 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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