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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, December 28, 2013 at 12:40:00 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 Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 15' South, Longitude: 9° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.23 meters/second, 1534.4 km/hour, 953.5 miles/hour or 828.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.89 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.7"953.03 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.15 minorth953.03 mi
24 hours0° 07' 18.5"7.75 mieast0° 03' 25.9"3.94 minorth8.69 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 12:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 07' South, Longitude: 66° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.62 meters/second, 1553.8 km/hour, 965.5 miles/hour or 839.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"16.09 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 misouth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 27' 12.6"965.24 miwest0° 07' 30.4"8.60 misouth965.00 mi
24 hours13° 32' 31.8"904.41 mieast2° 35' 13.2"177.89 misouth916.02 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSat 12:40 PM907 km564 miles490 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Windhoek *Sat 2:40 PM2735 km1699 miles1477 nmEast E
LuandaSat 1:40 PM2909 km1808 miles1571 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownSat 2:40 PM2971 km1846 miles1604 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméSat 12:40 PM3151 km1958 miles1702 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanSat 12:40 PM3218 km2000 miles1738 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaSat 12:40 PM3274 km2034 miles1768 nmNorth N
LibrevilleSat 1:40 PM3330 km2069 miles1798 nmNortheast NE
AccraSat 12:40 PM3345 km2079 miles1806 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroSat 12:40 PM3360 km2088 miles1814 nmNorth N
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