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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 23, 2014 at 10:56:00 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 23, 2014 at 10:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 24' South, Longitude: 18° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.57 meters/second, 1575.3 km/hour, 978.8 miles/hour or 850.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.31 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.31 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.5"978.52 miwest0° 00' 35.3"0.68 minorth978.55 mi
24 hours0° 03' 42.3"4.03 mieast0° 14' 19.6"16.43 minorth16.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 05' South, Longitude: 84° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.08 meters/second, 1591.5 km/hour, 988.9 miles/hour or 859.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.48 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 misouth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.4"988.73 miwest0° 09' 12.7"10.55 misouth988.55 mi
24 hours11° 53' 35.4"810.00 mieast3° 28' 07.8"238.44 misouth839.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Rundu *Thu 12:56 PM185 km115 miles100 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GhanziThu 12:56 PM379 km235 miles205 nmSoutheast SE
Windhoek *Thu 12:56 PM400 km248 miles216 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MaunThu 12:56 PM473 km294 miles255 nmEast E
MenongueThu 11:56 AM541 km336 miles292 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Swakopmund *Thu 12:56 PM586 km364 miles316 nmSouthwest SW
Walvis Bay *Thu 12:56 PM607 km377 miles328 nmSouthwest SW
MonguThu 12:56 PM637 km396 miles344 nmNortheast NE
LubangoThu 11:56 AM764 km475 miles413 nmNorthwest NW
HuamboThu 11:56 AM810 km503 miles437 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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