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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, February 14, 2013 at 13:44:00 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, February 14, 2013 at 13:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 50' South, Longitude: 22° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 452.32 meters/second, 1628.4 km/hour, 1011.8 miles/hour or 879.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.86 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.86 mi
1 hour15° 00' 01.5"1011.67 miwest0° 00' 51.3"0.98 minorth1011.70 mi
24 hours0° 00' 42.5"0.80 miwest0° 20' 36.9"23.62 minorth23.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 13:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 00' North, Longitude: 26° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.57 meters/second, 1593.2 km/hour, 990.0 miles/hour or 860.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.50 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 31' 51.6"989.85 miwest0° 09' 49.3"11.25 minorth989.67 mi
24 hours11° 15' 12.1"766.61 mieast3° 38' 20.1"250.13 minorth801.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeThu 10:44 AM1457 km906 miles787 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorThu 10:44 AM1739 km1081 miles939 nmWest W
JamestownThu 1:44 PM1837 km1141 miles992 nmEast-southeast ESE
FortalezaThu 10:44 AM2039 km1267 miles1101 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de Janeiro *Thu 11:44 AM2461 km1529 miles1329 nmWest-southwest WSW
MonroviaThu 1:44 PM2480 km1541 miles1339 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownThu 1:44 PM2570 km1597 miles1387 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakryThu 1:44 PM2654 km1649 miles1433 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Brasilia *Thu 11:44 AM2761 km1715 miles1491 nmWest W
São Paulo *Thu 11:44 AM2813 km1748 miles1519 nmWest-southwest WSW
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