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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 16:46:00 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 16:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 21' South, Longitude: 68° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.73 meters/second, 1575.8 km/hour, 979.2 miles/hour or 850.9 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"978.86 miwest0° 00' 35.5"0.68 minorth978.89 mi
24 hours0° 03' 39.6"3.98 mieast0° 14' 24.8"16.52 minorth17.00 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 16:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 58' South, Longitude: 169° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.62 meters/second, 1586.2 km/hour, 985.6 miles/hour or 856.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"16.43 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.43 mi
1 hour14° 30' 40.9"985.46 miwest0° 08' 57.9"10.27 misouth985.26 mi
24 hours12° 03' 57.1"819.41 mieast3° 20' 39.7"229.89 misouth846.14 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Iquique *Thu 1:46 PM197 km122 miles106 nmWest-southwest WSW
OruroThu 12:46 PM210 km130 miles113 nmNortheast NE
Arica *Thu 1:46 PM213 km132 miles115 nmWest-northwest WNW
La PazThu 12:46 PM317 km197 miles171 nmNorth N
SucreThu 12:46 PM345 km215 miles186 nmEast E
ArequipaThu 11:46 AM454 km282 miles245 nmNorthwest NW
Santa CruzThu 12:46 PM590 km367 miles319 nmEast-northeast ENE
SaltaThu 1:46 PM683 km425 miles369 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Machu Picchu PuebloThu 11:46 AM807 km502 miles436 nmNorth-northwest NNW
San Ignacio de VelascoThu 12:46 PM866 km538 miles468 nmEast-northeast ENE
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