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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 09:40:00 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 Monday, February 23, 2009 at 09:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 43' South, Longitude: 38° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.27 meters/second, 1646.2 km/hour, 1022.9 miles/hour or 888.9 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"1022.81 miwest0° 00' 55.1"1.05 minorth1022.83 mi
24 hours0° 02' 09.5"2.46 miwest0° 22' 09.2"25.38 minorth25.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, February 23, 2009 at 09:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 29' South, Longitude: 19° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.74 meters/second, 1561.5 km/hour, 970.3 miles/hour or 843.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.17 miwest0° 00' 11.6"0.22 minorth16.17 mi
1 hour14° 33' 01.6"969.99 miwest0° 11' 45.9"13.48 minorth970.54 mi
24 hours10° 38' 52.7"709.90 mieast5° 00' 32.4"344.33 minorth795.87 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Dar es SalaamMon 12:40 PM336 km209 miles182 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Zanzibar CityMon 12:40 PM403 km251 miles218 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KarongaMon 11:40 AM484 km301 miles261 nmWest W
DodomaMon 12:40 PM485 km301 miles262 nmNorthwest NW
MzuzuMon 11:40 AM511 km318 miles276 nmWest-southwest WSW
MbeyaMon 12:40 PM544 km338 miles294 nmWest W
MoroniMon 12:40 PM581 km361 miles314 nmEast-southeast ESE
NampulaMon 11:40 AM606 km377 miles327 nmSouth S
MombasaMon 12:40 PM643 km399 miles347 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FomboniMon 12:40 PM655 km407 miles354 nmEast-southeast ESE
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