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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 18:32:00 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 Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 18:32:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 52' South, Longitude: 96° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.46 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"955.78 miwest0° 00' 14.0"0.27 minorth955.79 mi
24 hours0° 06' 55.5"7.36 mieast0° 05' 50.8"6.71 minorth9.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 18:32:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 02' South, Longitude: 78° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.16 meters/second, 1548.6 km/hour, 962.2 miles/hour or 836.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.9"16.04 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 minorth16.04 mi
1 hour14° 24' 03.2"962.05 miwest0° 08' 20.9"9.57 minorth962.41 mi
24 hours14° 02' 55.0"938.53 mieast3° 45' 27.4"258.31 minorth980.71 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 1:32 PM1333 km828 miles720 nmWest-southwest WSW
LimaThu 1:32 PM2427 km1508 miles1310 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:32 PM2557 km1589 miles1381 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago *Thu 3:32 PM2825 km1755 miles1525 nmEast-southeast ESE
La PazThu 2:32 PM3098 km1925 miles1673 nmEast E
QuitoThu 1:32 PM3204 km1991 miles1730 nmNortheast NE
SucreThu 2:32 PM3317 km2061 miles1791 nmEast E
CórdobaThu 3:32 PM3372 km2095 miles1820 nmEast-southeast ESE
AdamstownThu 10:32 AM3374 km2096 miles1822 nmWest W
Rio BrancoThu 1:32 PM3413 km2121 miles1843 nmEast-northeast ENE
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