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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 12:40:00 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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 52' South, Longitude: 6° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.55 meters/second, 1589.6 km/hour, 987.7 miles/hour or 858.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.46 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.46 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.4"987.46 miwest0° 00' 40.5"0.77 minorth987.49 mi
24 hours0° 02' 30.4"2.75 mieast0° 16' 22.4"18.77 minorth18.97 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 08' South, Longitude: 27° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.27 meters/second, 1531.0 km/hour, 951.3 miles/hour or 826.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.2"15.85 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 minorth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 23' 12.6"951.06 miwest0° 06' 09.0"7.05 minorth951.35 mi
24 hours14° 33' 07.8"961.99 mieast3° 00' 42.3"207.08 minorth991.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownWed 12:40 PM240 km149 miles129 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LuandaWed 1:40 PM2378 km1478 miles1284 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméWed 12:40 PM2495 km1550 miles1347 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Wed 2:40 PM2540 km1578 miles1372 nmEast-southeast ESE
AbidjanWed 12:40 PM2581 km1604 miles1394 nmNorth N
AccraWed 12:40 PM2686 km1669 miles1450 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleWed 1:40 PM2686 km1669 miles1450 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaWed 12:40 PM2712 km1685 miles1464 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroWed 12:40 PM2735 km1699 miles1477 nmNorth N
LomeWed 12:40 PM2794 km1736 miles1508 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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