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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 12:10:00 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 12:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 36' South, Longitude: 0° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.21 meters/second, 1592.0 km/hour, 989.2 miles/hour or 859.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.49 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.9"988.94 miwest0° 00' 41.2"0.79 minorth988.97 mi
24 hours0° 02' 18.4"2.54 mieast0° 16' 40.8"19.12 minorth19.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 11' South, Longitude: 6° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.86 meters/second, 1554.7 km/hour, 966.0 miles/hour or 839.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"16.10 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 minorth16.10 mi
1 hour14° 24' 08.7"965.86 miwest0° 08' 51.4"10.15 minorth966.23 mi
24 hours14° 05' 09.2"944.65 mieast3° 57' 00.5"271.53 minorth990.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:10 PM721 km448 miles389 nmWest-northwest WNW
LuandaThu 1:10 PM1657 km1029 miles895 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Thu 2:10 PM1788 km1111 miles965 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméThu 12:10 PM2087 km1297 miles1127 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaThu 1:10 PM2157 km1340 miles1164 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleThu 1:10 PM2159 km1342 miles1166 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleThu 1:10 PM2203 km1369 miles1190 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MalaboThu 1:10 PM2518 km1565 miles1360 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Cape TownThu 2:10 PM2520 km1566 miles1361 nmSoutheast SE
AccraThu 12:10 PM2562 km1592 miles1383 nmNorth N
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