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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 Tuesday, January 28, 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 Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 08' South, Longitude: 4° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.88 meters/second, 1587.2 km/hour, 986.2 miles/hour or 857.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.44 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.0"985.95 miwest0° 00' 39.6"0.76 minorth985.98 mi
24 hours0° 02' 42.7"2.97 mieast0° 16' 03.0"18.40 minorth18.64 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 56' South, Longitude: 40° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.87 meters/second, 1515.1 km/hour, 941.5 miles/hour or 818.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.69 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 minorth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 23' 01.0"941.19 miwest0° 02' 52.0"3.29 minorth941.33 mi
24 hours14° 47' 12.9"967.57 mieast1° 46' 55.3"122.56 minorth980.25 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 12:30 PM289 km180 miles156 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LuandaTue 1:30 PM2153 km1338 miles1163 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Tue 2:30 PM2282 km1418 miles1232 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméTue 12:30 PM2371 km1474 miles1280 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleTue 1:30 PM2541 km1579 miles1372 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanTue 12:30 PM2594 km1612 miles1401 nmNorth N
KinshasaTue 1:30 PM2622 km1629 miles1416 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrazzavilleTue 1:30 PM2624 km1630 miles1417 nmEast-northeast ENE
AccraTue 12:30 PM2657 km1651 miles1434 nmNorth N
LomeTue 12:30 PM2750 km1709 miles1485 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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