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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 Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:20:00 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 Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 53' South, Longitude: 3° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.38 meters/second, 1538.6 km/hour, 956.0 miles/hour or 830.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.93 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.4"955.61 miwest0° 00' 13.7"0.26 minorth955.62 mi
24 hours0° 06' 56.9"7.39 mieast0° 05' 43.8"6.57 minorth9.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 52' South, Longitude: 10° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.26 meters/second, 1541.7 km/hour, 958.0 miles/hour or 832.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.97 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.15 minorth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 23' 39.0"957.80 miwest0° 07' 41.0"8.81 minorth958.14 mi
24 hours14° 13' 35.1"946.64 mieast3° 32' 05.8"243.03 minorth984.75 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:20 PM792 km492 miles428 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Windhoek *Thu 2:20 PM2165 km1345 miles1169 nmEast E
LuandaThu 1:20 PM2408 km1496 miles1300 nmNortheast NE
Cape TownThu 2:20 PM2505 km1557 miles1353 nmSoutheast SE
São ToméThu 12:20 PM2820 km1752 miles1523 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaThu 1:20 PM2921 km1815 miles1577 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleThu 1:20 PM2924 km1817 miles1579 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleThu 1:20 PM2959 km1839 miles1598 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneThu 2:20 PM3048 km1894 miles1646 nmEast E
AbidjanThu 12:20 PM3121 km1939 miles1685 nmNorth N
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