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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 15:56:00 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 15:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 21' South, Longitude: 56° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.71 meters/second, 1575.7 km/hour, 979.1 miles/hour or 850.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.32 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.5"978.81 miwest0° 00' 35.5"0.68 minorth978.84 mi
24 hours0° 03' 40.0"3.99 mieast0° 14' 24.1"16.51 minorth16.99 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 51' South, Longitude: 157° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.84 meters/second, 1587.0 km/hour, 986.1 miles/hour or 856.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"16.43 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.4"985.93 miwest0° 09' 00.1"10.31 misouth985.74 mi
24 hours12° 02' 26.6"818.04 mieast3° 21' 46.6"231.17 misouth845.20 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Campo Grande *Thu 12:56 PM191 km119 miles103 nmSoutheast SE
Barra do GarçasThu 12:56 PM554 km344 miles299 nmNortheast NE
San Ignacio de VelascoThu 11:56 AM618 km384 miles334 nmWest-northwest WNW
Asuncion *Thu 12:56 PM677 km421 miles366 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Brasilia *Thu 1:56 PM950 km590 miles513 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreThu 11:56 AM971 km604 miles524 nmWest W
São Paulo *Thu 1:56 PM1080 km671 miles583 nmEast-southeast ESE
La PazThu 11:56 AM1320 km820 miles713 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 1:56 PM1392 km865 miles752 nmEast-southeast ESE
CórdobaThu 12:56 PM1566 km973 miles845 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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