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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 17:40:00 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 17:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 32' South, Longitude: 81° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.37 meters/second, 1592.5 km/hour, 989.5 miles/hour or 859.9 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' 54.0"989.29 miwest0° 00' 41.4"0.79 minorth989.32 mi
24 hours0° 02' 15.7"2.49 mieast0° 16' 45.0"19.20 minorth19.36 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 17:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 22' South, Longitude: 85° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.54 meters/second, 1560.7 km/hour, 969.8 miles/hour or 842.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"16.16 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.16 mi
1 hour14° 24' 26.1"969.63 miwest0° 09' 23.3"10.76 minorth970.00 mi
24 hours13° 57' 28.4"939.40 mieast4° 07' 21.1"283.36 minorth988.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaThu 12:40 PM785 km488 miles424 nmNortheast NE
La PazThu 1:40 PM1446 km898 miles781 nmEast E
GuayaquilThu 12:40 PM1705 km1060 miles921 nmNorth N
Rio BrancoThu 12:40 PM1714 km1065 miles925 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreThu 1:40 PM1742 km1082 miles941 nmEast E
QuitoThu 12:40 PM1945 km1208 miles1050 nmNorth N
Galapagos IslandsThu 11:40 AM2034 km1264 miles1098 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Santiago *Thu 2:40 PM2077 km1290 miles1121 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CórdobaThu 2:40 PM2342 km1455 miles1264 nmSoutheast SE
BogotaThu 12:40 PM2590 km1609 miles1398 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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