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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 Monday, February 4, 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 Monday, February 4, 2013 at 13:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 04' South, Longitude: 25° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.81 meters/second, 1604.9 km/hour, 997.2 miles/hour or 866.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.62 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 minorth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 59' 56.6"997.03 miwest0° 00' 45.1"0.86 minorth997.06 mi
24 hours0° 01' 12.7"1.34 mieast0° 18' 13.5"20.89 minorth20.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, February 4, 2013 at 13:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 20' South, Longitude: 107° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.93 meters/second, 1515.4 km/hour, 941.6 miles/hour or 818.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"15.69 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 misouth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 25' 10.6"941.28 miwest0° 04' 36.4"5.28 misouth941.08 mi
24 hours14° 09' 38.7"924.39 mieast1° 14' 42.2"85.65 misouth924.77 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeMon 10:56 AM1347 km837 miles727 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorMon 10:56 AM1439 km894 miles777 nmWest-northwest WNW
FortalezaMon 10:56 AM1975 km1227 miles1066 nmNorthwest NW
Rio de Janeiro *Mon 11:56 AM2004 km1245 miles1082 nmWest-southwest WSW
JamestownMon 1:56 PM2118 km1316 miles1144 nmEast E
São Paulo *Mon 11:56 AM2360 km1466 miles1274 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Mon 11:56 AM2394 km1488 miles1293 nmWest W
MonroviaMon 1:56 PM2959 km1838 miles1597 nmNortheast NE
BelémMon 10:56 AM2993 km1860 miles1616 nmWest-northwest WNW
FreetownMon 1:56 PM3034 km1885 miles1638 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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