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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 25, 2014 at 11:40:00 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 25, 2014 at 11:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 55' South, Longitude: 8° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.88 meters/second, 1580.0 km/hour, 981.7 miles/hour or 853.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.36 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.4"981.45 miwest0° 00' 37.1"0.71 minorth981.48 mi
24 hours0° 03' 18.8"3.62 mieast0° 15' 02.3"17.24 minorth17.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 30' South, Longitude: 70° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.73 meters/second, 1543.4 km/hour, 959.0 miles/hour or 833.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"15.98 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 27' 16.6"958.75 miwest0° 06' 06.0"6.99 misouth958.53 mi
24 hours13° 28' 13.4"893.50 mieast1° 59' 12.3"136.63 misouth899.17 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LubangoSat 12:40 PM727 km451 miles392 nmNortheast NE
Walvis Bay *Sat 1:40 PM804 km500 miles434 nmSoutheast SE
Windhoek *Sat 1:40 PM1023 km636 miles552 nmEast-southeast ESE
LuandaSat 12:40 PM1246 km774 miles673 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JamestownSat 11:40 AM1502 km933 miles811 nmWest W
KinshasaSat 12:40 PM1795 km1115 miles969 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BrazzavilleSat 12:40 PM1800 km1118 miles972 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GaboroneSat 1:40 PM1949 km1211 miles1052 nmEast-southeast ESE
Cape TownSat 1:40 PM1955 km1215 miles1055 nmSouth-southeast SSE
São ToméSat 11:40 AM2134 km1326 miles1152 nmNorth N
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