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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 12:40:00 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 Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 35' South, Longitude: 6° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.23 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"988.97 miwest0° 00' 41.2"0.79 minorth989.01 mi
24 hours0° 02' 18.3"2.53 mieast0° 16' 41.1"19.12 minorth19.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 07' South, Longitude: 13° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.01 meters/second, 1555.2 km/hour, 966.4 miles/hour or 839.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"16.11 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 minorth16.11 mi
1 hour14° 24' 10.2"966.21 miwest0° 08' 54.5"10.21 minorth966.57 mi
24 hours14° 04' 28.1"944.18 mieast3° 57' 59.8"272.66 minorth989.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:40 PM211 km131 miles114 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LuandaThu 1:40 PM2363 km1468 miles1276 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméThu 12:40 PM2468 km1534 miles1333 nmNortheast NE
Windhoek *Thu 2:40 PM2544 km1581 miles1374 nmEast-southeast ESE
AbidjanThu 12:40 PM2551 km1585 miles1377 nmNorth N
AccraThu 12:40 PM2656 km1650 miles1434 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleThu 1:40 PM2661 km1654 miles1437 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaThu 12:40 PM2683 km1667 miles1449 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroThu 12:40 PM2704 km1680 miles1460 nmNorth N
LomeThu 12:40 PM2764 km1717 miles1492 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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