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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 Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 01:56:00 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 Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 01:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 31' South, Longitude: 154° 27' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.80 meters/second, 1601.3 km/hour, 995.0 miles/hour or 864.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.58 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 59' 55.9"994.75 miwest0° 00' 44.1"0.84 minorth994.78 mi
24 hours0° 01' 30.6"1.67 mieast0° 17' 48.3"20.41 minorth20.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 01:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 20' South, Longitude: 52° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.37 meters/second, 1552.9 km/hour, 964.9 miles/hour or 838.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.5"16.08 miwest0° 00' 08.4"0.16 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 27' 35.1"964.67 miwest0° 08' 23.2"9.61 misouth964.40 mi
24 hours13° 17' 15.5"886.50 mieast2° 55' 24.1"201.03 misouth902.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsSun 11:56 AM926 km575 miles500 nmWest W
GizoSun 12:56 PM966 km600 miles521 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HoniaraSun 12:56 PM985 km612 miles532 nmNortheast NE
Port MoresbySun 11:56 AM1109 km689 miles599 nmNorthwest NW
BrisbaneSun 11:56 AM1222 km760 miles660 nmSouth S
NoumeaSun 12:56 PM1412 km877 miles762 nmEast-southeast ESE
Port VilaSun 12:56 PM1482 km921 miles800 nmEast E
Sydney *Sun 12:56 PM1950 km1211 miles1053 nmSouth S
Canberra *Sun 12:56 PM2146 km1333 miles1159 nmSouth-southwest SSW
JayapuraSun 10:56 AM2157 km1340 miles1165 nmNorthwest NW
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