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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 13:40:00 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 13:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 35' South, Longitude: 21° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.26 meters/second, 1592.1 km/hour, 989.3 miles/hour or 859.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.49 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.9"989.04 miwest0° 00' 41.3"0.79 minorth989.07 mi
24 hours0° 02' 17.8"2.52 mieast0° 16' 41.8"19.14 minorth19.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 13:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 58' South, Longitude: 27° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.32 meters/second, 1556.3 km/hour, 967.1 miles/hour or 840.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"16.12 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 24' 13.4"966.89 miwest0° 09' 00.4"10.32 minorth967.26 mi
24 hours14° 03' 05.1"943.25 mieast3° 59' 56.7"274.89 minorth989.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 1:40 PM1711 km1063 miles924 nmEast E
RecifeThu 10:40 AM1775 km1103 miles958 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorThu 10:40 AM1875 km1165 miles1012 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 11:40 AM2322 km1443 miles1254 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaThu 10:40 AM2396 km1489 miles1294 nmNorthwest NW
São Paulo *Thu 11:40 AM2681 km1666 miles1448 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Thu 11:40 AM2800 km1740 miles1512 nmWest W
MonroviaThu 1:40 PM2901 km1802 miles1566 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownThu 1:40 PM3029 km1882 miles1635 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakryThu 1:40 PM3121 km1940 miles1685 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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