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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 14:30:00 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 14:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 34' South, Longitude: 34° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.28 meters/second, 1592.2 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"989.09 miwest0° 00' 41.3"0.79 minorth989.12 mi
24 hours0° 02' 17.4"2.52 mieast0° 16' 42.6"19.15 minorth19.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 14:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 51' South, Longitude: 39° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.57 meters/second, 1557.3 km/hour, 967.6 miles/hour or 840.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"16.13 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.13 mi
1 hour14° 24' 15.9"967.46 miwest0° 09' 05.3"10.41 minorth967.83 mi
24 hours14° 01' 55.7"942.46 mieast4° 01' 32.2"276.71 minorth989.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SalvadorThu 11:30 AM688 km428 miles372 nmNorthwest NW
RecifeThu 11:30 AM1050 km653 miles567 nmNorth N
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 12:30 PM1114 km692 miles602 nmSouthwest SW
São Paulo *Thu 12:30 PM1458 km906 miles787 nmWest-southwest WSW
Brasilia *Thu 12:30 PM1475 km916 miles796 nmWest W
FortalezaThu 11:30 AM1603 km996 miles865 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BelémThu 11:30 AM2373 km1474 miles1281 nmNorthwest NW
Asuncion *Thu 11:30 AM2573 km1599 miles1389 nmWest-southwest WSW
Montevideo *Thu 12:30 PM2905 km1805 miles1569 nmSouthwest SW
JamestownThu 2:30 PM3037 km1887 miles1640 nmEast E
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