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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 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 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 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 36' South, Longitude: 145° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.84 meters/second, 1608.6 km/hour, 999.5 miles/hour or 868.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.66 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 minorth16.66 mi
1 hour14° 59' 57.4"999.34 miwest0° 00' 46.2"0.88 minorth999.37 mi
24 hours0° 00' 54.8"1.01 mieast0° 18' 38.3"21.36 minorth21.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 02:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 42' South, Longitude: 85° 12' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.63 meters/second, 1499.9 km/hour, 932.0 miles/hour or 809.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.7"15.53 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.53 mi
1 hour14° 23' 48.4"931.65 miwest0° 00' 22.6"0.43 minorth931.67 mi
24 hours14° 28' 46.1"937.00 mieast0° 48' 34.6"55.70 minorth941.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsWed 12:34 PM168 km104 miles91 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Port MoresbyWed 12:34 PM720 km447 miles389 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LaeWed 12:34 PM1004 km624 miles542 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Alice SpringsWed 12:04 PM1472 km915 miles795 nmSouthwest SW
JayapuraWed 11:34 AM1520 km944 miles821 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrisbaneWed 12:34 PM1553 km965 miles839 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinWed 12:04 PM1569 km975 miles847 nmWest W
HoniaraWed 1:34 PM1760 km1094 miles950 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManokwariWed 11:34 AM2025 km1259 miles1094 nmNorthwest NW
Sydney *Wed 1:34 PM2117 km1315 miles1143 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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