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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, January 1, 2014 at 11:04:00 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, January 1, 2014 at 11:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 59' South, Longitude: 14° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.09 meters/second, 1537.5 km/hour, 955.4 miles/hour or 830.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.92 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.3"954.95 miwest0° 00' 12.5"0.24 minorth954.97 mi
24 hours0° 07' 02.7"7.48 mieast0° 05' 14.9"6.02 minorth9.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 25' South, Longitude: 14° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.86 meters/second, 1518.7 km/hour, 943.7 miles/hour or 820.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.5"15.73 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 minorth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 22' 28.6"943.43 miwest0° 04' 28.5"5.13 minorth943.65 mi
24 hours14° 49' 33.0"973.03 mieast2° 23' 54.8"164.95 minorth993.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Walvis Bay *Wed 1:04 PM39 km25 miles21 nmWest W
Swakopmund *Wed 1:04 PM50 km31 miles27 nmNorthwest NW
Windhoek *Wed 1:04 PM232 km144 miles125 nmEast E
GhanziWed 1:04 PM711 km442 miles384 nmEast E
Rundu *Wed 1:04 PM757 km471 miles409 nmNortheast NE
TsabongWed 1:04 PM832 km517 miles449 nmEast-southeast ESE
LubangoWed 12:04 PM905 km562 miles489 nmNorth N
MaunWed 1:04 PM944 km586 miles509 nmEast-northeast ENE
MenongueWed 12:04 PM967 km601 miles522 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneWed 1:04 PM1138 km707 miles614 nmEast-southeast ESE
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