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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, January 1, 2014 at 22:32:00 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, January 1, 2014 at 22:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 57' South, Longitude: 157° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.22 meters/second, 1538.0 km/hour, 955.7 miles/hour or 830.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.93 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.3"955.24 miwest0° 00' 13.1"0.25 minorth955.26 mi
24 hours0° 07' 00.2"7.44 mieast0° 05' 28.1"6.27 minorth9.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 22:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 26' South, Longitude: 150° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.42 meters/second, 1527.9 km/hour, 949.4 miles/hour or 825.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.8"15.82 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 minorth15.82 mi
1 hour14° 22' 53.9"949.19 miwest0° 06' 01.0"6.90 minorth949.47 mi
24 hours14° 35' 09.4"962.66 mieast2° 57' 23.9"203.30 minorth991.07 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaWed 12:32 PM339 km210 miles183 nmWest-northwest WNW
PapeeteWed 12:32 PM985 km612 miles532 nmNortheast NE
AlofiWed 11:32 AM1404 km873 miles758 nmWest-northwest WNW
Apia *Thu 12:32 PM1851 km1150 miles999 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaThu 11:32 AM1883 km1170 miles1016 nmWest W
FakaofoThu 11:32 AM2131 km1324 miles1151 nmNorthwest NW
Suva *Thu 11:32 AM2608 km1621 miles1408 nmWest W
KiritimatiThu 12:32 PM2745 km1706 miles1482 nmNorth N
AdamstownWed 2:32 PM2748 km1708 miles1484 nmEast E
Chatham Islands *Thu 12:17 PM2942 km1828 miles1588 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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