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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, March 14, 2013 at 12:44:00 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, March 14, 2013 at 12:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 21' South, Longitude: 8° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.54 meters/second, 1668.7 km/hour, 1036.9 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"1036.89 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1036.90 mi
24 hours0° 04' 11.1"4.82 miwest0° 23' 41.8"27.14 minorth27.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 12:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 01' North, Longitude: 20° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.39 meters/second, 1581.8 km/hour, 982.9 miles/hour or 854.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.38 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 minorth16.38 mi
1 hour14° 31' 29.9"982.71 miwest0° 08' 58.1"10.27 minorth982.49 mi
24 hours11° 25' 46.2"773.32 mieast3° 15' 46.0"224.31 minorth800.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
San PédroThu 12:44 PM817 km508 miles441 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaThu 12:44 PM985 km612 miles532 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AbidjanThu 12:44 PM995 km618 miles537 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KakataThu 12:44 PM998 km620 miles539 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroThu 12:44 PM1083 km673 miles585 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraThu 12:44 PM1287 km799 miles695 nmNortheast NE
FreetownThu 12:44 PM1299 km807 miles701 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ConakryThu 12:44 PM1423 km884 miles768 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeThu 12:44 PM1448 km900 miles782 nmNortheast NE
JamestownThu 12:44 PM1538 km955 miles830 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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