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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 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:20:00 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 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 19' South, Longitude: 1° 38' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.89 meters/second, 1594.4 km/hour, 990.7 miles/hour or 860.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.51 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.51 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.5"990.47 miwest0° 00' 42.0"0.80 minorth990.50 mi
24 hours0° 02' 06.1"2.31 mieast0° 16' 59.2"19.47 minorth19.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 31, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 13' South, Longitude: 5° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.07 meters/second, 1580.6 km/hour, 982.2 miles/hour or 853.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.37 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 25' 31.8"982.04 miwest0° 10' 50.1"12.41 minorth982.40 mi
24 hours13° 30' 26.1"919.54 mieast4° 33' 42.6"313.50 minorth976.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownFri 12:20 PM462 km287 miles249 nmWest-northwest WNW
LuandaFri 1:20 PM1864 km1158 miles1007 nmEast-northeast ENE
Windhoek *Fri 2:20 PM2044 km1270 miles1104 nmEast-southeast ESE
São ToméFri 12:20 PM2158 km1341 miles1165 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleFri 1:20 PM2306 km1433 miles1245 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KinshasaFri 1:20 PM2342 km1455 miles1265 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleFri 1:20 PM2344 km1456 miles1265 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanFri 12:20 PM2517 km1564 miles1359 nmNorth N
AccraFri 12:20 PM2533 km1574 miles1368 nmNorth N
MalaboFri 1:20 PM2597 km1614 miles1402 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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