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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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 01:30:00 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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 01:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 59' South, Longitude: 160° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.24 meters/second, 1588.5 km/hour, 987.0 miles/hour or 857.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.45 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.45 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.2"986.76 miwest0° 00' 40.1"0.77 minorth986.79 mi
24 hours0° 02' 36.1"2.85 mieast0° 16' 13.5"18.60 minorth18.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 01:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 08' South, Longitude: 132° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.84 meters/second, 1522.2 km/hour, 945.9 miles/hour or 821.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.76 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.76 mi
1 hour14° 23' 00.4"945.61 miwest0° 04' 40.3"5.36 minorth945.83 mi
24 hours14° 41' 58.6"966.38 mieast2° 28' 07.8"169.77 minorth987.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LuganvilleWed 12:30 PM737 km458 miles398 nmEast-northeast ENE
NoumeaWed 12:30 PM760 km472 miles411 nmSoutheast SE
Port VilaWed 12:30 PM801 km498 miles433 nmEast E
HoniaraWed 12:30 PM951 km591 miles513 nmNorth N
BrisbaneWed 11:30 AM1316 km818 miles710 nmSouthwest SW
CairnsWed 11:30 AM1596 km991 miles862 nmWest W
Port MoresbyWed 11:30 AM1744 km1084 miles942 nmWest-northwest WNW
SuvaWed 1:30 PM1870 km1162 miles1010 nmEast E
Sydney *Wed 12:30 PM2000 km1243 miles1080 nmSouth-southwest SSW
YarenWed 1:30 PM2045 km1271 miles1104 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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