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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 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 01:48:00 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 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 01:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 26' South, Longitude: 155° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.51 meters/second, 1668.6 km/hour, 1036.8 miles/hour or 901.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.3"1036.83 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1036.84 mi
24 hours0° 04' 11.3"4.83 miwest0° 23' 41.2"27.13 minorth27.55 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 01:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 51' South, Longitude: 50° 33' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 413.72 meters/second, 1489.4 km/hour, 925.5 miles/hour or 804.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"15.42 miwest0° 00' 01.8"0.03 misouth15.42 mi
1 hour14° 24' 30.0"925.13 miwest0° 01' 42.8"1.97 misouth925.04 mi
24 hours14° 04' 08.7"903.36 mieast0° 01' 16.2"1.46 misouth903.30 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BukaWed 11:48 AM339 km211 miles183 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ArawaWed 11:48 AM421 km262 miles227 nmSouth S
GizoWed 12:48 PM651 km404 miles351 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HoniaraWed 12:48 PM930 km578 miles502 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PalikirWed 12:48 PM1081 km672 miles584 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port MoresbyWed 11:48 AM1187 km738 miles641 nmSouthwest SW
YarenWed 1:48 PM1309 km814 miles707 nmEast E
JayapuraWed 10:48 AM1623 km1009 miles876 nmWest W
CairnsWed 11:48 AM1912 km1188 miles1033 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaWed 1:48 PM2015 km1252 miles1088 nmEast-northeast ENE
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