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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 Friday, January 3, 2014 at 01:20:00 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 Friday, January 3, 2014 at 01:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 50' South, Longitude: 161° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.54 meters/second, 1539.1 km/hour, 956.4 miles/hour or 831.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.94 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.94 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.5"955.97 miwest0° 00' 14.4"0.28 minorth955.98 mi
24 hours0° 06' 53.8"7.33 mieast0° 05' 58.5"6.85 minorth10.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 3, 2014 at 01:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 04' South, Longitude: 176° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.30 meters/second, 1556.3 km/hour, 967.0 miles/hour or 840.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"16.12 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 24' 31.5"966.85 miwest0° 09' 00.9"10.33 minorth967.23 mi
24 hours13° 50' 50.2"929.19 mieast3° 58' 26.4"273.17 minorth975.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaFri 12:20 PM557 km346 miles300 nmEast E
Port VilaFri 12:20 PM944 km587 miles510 nmNortheast NE
BrisbaneFri 11:20 AM960 km596 miles518 nmSouthwest SW
KingstonFri 12:50 PM974 km605 miles526 nmSoutheast SE
Lord Howe Island *Fri 12:20 PM986 km612 miles532 nmSouth S
HoniaraFri 12:20 PM1489 km925 miles804 nmNorth N
Sydney *Fri 12:20 PM1556 km967 miles840 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsFri 11:20 AM1729 km1075 miles934 nmWest-northwest WNW
Canberra *Fri 12:20 PM1801 km1119 miles972 nmSouthwest SW
Suva *Fri 2:20 PM1882 km1169 miles1016 nmEast-northeast ENE
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