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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, January 4, 2014 at 12:30:00 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, January 4, 2014 at 12:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 42' South, Longitude: 6° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.01 meters/second, 1540.8 km/hour, 957.4 miles/hour or 832.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.96 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 59' 43.0"957.01 miwest0° 00' 16.0"0.31 minorth957.03 mi
24 hours0° 06' 44.6"7.18 mieast0° 06' 38.0"7.61 minorth10.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 02' South, Longitude: 36° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.56 meters/second, 1593.2 km/hour, 990.0 miles/hour or 860.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"16.50 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.21 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 27' 08.7"989.89 miwest0° 11' 16.8"12.92 minorth990.20 mi
24 hours12° 49' 49.2"878.80 mieast4° 37' 43.2"318.06 minorth938.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownSat 12:30 PM751 km467 miles406 nmNorth N
Windhoek *Sat 2:30 PM2399 km1490 miles1295 nmEast E
LuandaSat 1:30 PM2585 km1606 miles1396 nmEast-northeast ENE
Cape TownSat 2:30 PM2712 km1685 miles1464 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméSat 12:30 PM2911 km1809 miles1572 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleSat 1:30 PM3070 km1907 miles1657 nmNortheast NE
KinshasaSat 1:30 PM3086 km1918 miles1666 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleSat 1:30 PM3088 km1919 miles1668 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanSat 12:30 PM3108 km1931 miles1678 nmNorth N
AccraSat 12:30 PM3192 km1984 miles1724 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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