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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 30, 2014 at 02:30:00 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 Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 42' South, Longitude: 145° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.94 meters/second, 1591.0 km/hour, 988.6 miles/hour or 859.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.48 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.8"988.33 miwest0° 00' 41.0"0.78 minorth988.36 mi
24 hours0° 02' 23.5"2.63 mieast0° 16' 33.2"18.97 minorth19.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 32' South, Longitude: 132° 60' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.98 meters/second, 1544.3 km/hour, 959.6 miles/hour or 833.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.99 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 23' 41.3"959.41 miwest0° 07' 49.4"8.97 minorth959.75 mi
24 hours14° 17' 50.1"952.91 mieast3° 36' 06.9"247.62 minorth991.96 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsThu 12:30 PM87 km54 miles47 nmNorth N
TownsvilleThu 12:30 PM197 km123 miles107 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Port MoresbyThu 12:30 PM926 km575 miles500 nmNorth N
BrisbaneThu 12:30 PM1311 km814 miles708 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Alice SpringsThu 12:00 Noon1409 km875 miles761 nmWest-southwest WSW
DarwinThu 12:00 Noon1709 km1062 miles923 nmWest-northwest WNW
JayapuraThu 11:30 AM1768 km1099 miles955 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HoniaraThu 1:30 PM1783 km1108 miles963 nmEast-northeast ENE
Sydney *Thu 1:30 PM1869 km1162 miles1009 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Canberra *Thu 1:30 PM1975 km1227 miles1066 nmSouth S
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