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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, January 2, 2014 at 18:20:00 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, January 2, 2014 at 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 52' South, Longitude: 93° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.45 meters/second, 1538.8 km/hour, 956.2 miles/hour or 830.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.94 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 minorth15.94 mi
1 hour14° 59' 42.5"955.77 miwest0° 00' 14.0"0.27 minorth955.79 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.5"7.36 mieast0° 05' 50.6"6.70 minorth9.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 04' South, Longitude: 75° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.09 meters/second, 1548.3 km/hour, 962.1 miles/hour or 836.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.9"16.03 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 24' 02.3"961.91 miwest0° 08' 19.8"9.55 minorth962.27 mi
24 hours14° 03' 16.0"938.80 mieast3° 45' 03.0"257.85 minorth980.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Thu 1:20 PM1620 km1006 miles875 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaThu 1:20 PM2156 km1340 miles1164 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:20 PM2476 km1538 miles1337 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Thu 3:20 PM2562 km1592 miles1383 nmEast-southeast ESE
La PazThu 2:20 PM2794 km1736 miles1509 nmEast E
SucreThu 2:20 PM3010 km1870 miles1625 nmEast E
QuitoThu 1:20 PM3012 km1872 miles1626 nmNortheast NE
CórdobaThu 3:20 PM3090 km1920 miles1669 nmEast-southeast ESE
Rio BrancoThu 1:20 PM3127 km1943 miles1688 nmEast-northeast ENE
AdamstownThu 10:20 AM3676 km2284 miles1985 nmWest W
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