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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 Monday, February 23, 2009 at 07:58:00 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 Monday, February 23, 2009 at 07:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 44' South, Longitude: 63° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.24 meters/second, 1646.1 km/hour, 1022.8 miles/hour or 888.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.05 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.05 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.2"1022.73 miwest0° 00' 55.1"1.05 minorth1022.75 mi
24 hours0° 02' 09.0"2.44 miwest0° 22' 08.6"25.36 minorth25.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, February 23, 2009 at 07:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 49' South, Longitude: 44° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.01 meters/second, 1558.9 km/hour, 968.6 miles/hour or 841.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.14 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 32' 58.0"968.36 miwest0° 11' 38.5"13.34 minorth968.91 mi
24 hours10° 40' 03.2"710.06 mieast4° 57' 57.2"341.38 minorth794.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaMon 1:58 PM981 km609 miles529 nmEast-northeast ENE
VictoriaMon 11:58 AM1085 km674 miles586 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port Louis *Mon 12:58 PM1340 km833 miles724 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Saint-DenisMon 11:58 AM1526 km948 miles824 nmSouthwest SW
MaleMon 12:58 PM1875 km1165 miles1013 nmNortheast NE
AntananarivoMon 10:58 AM2031 km1262 miles1097 nmWest-southwest WSW
MoroniMon 10:58 AM2261 km1405 miles1221 nmWest W
MogadishuMon 10:58 AM2430 km1510 miles1312 nmWest-northwest WNW
ThiruvananthapuramMon 1:28 PM2486 km1545 miles1342 nmNortheast NE
ColomboMon 1:28 PM2559 km1590 miles1382 nmNortheast NE
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