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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 8, 2014 at 03:40:00 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 8, 2014 at 03:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 15' South, Longitude: 126° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.36 meters/second, 1545.7 km/hour, 960.4 miles/hour or 834.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.01 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth16.01 mi
1 hour14° 59' 44.1"960.05 miwest0° 00' 20.0"0.38 minorth960.07 mi
24 hours0° 06' 17.5"6.72 mieast0° 08' 14.4"9.45 minorth11.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 03:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 20' North, Longitude: 146° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.13 meters/second, 1598.9 km/hour, 993.5 miles/hour or 863.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.56 miwest0° 00' 10.0"0.19 minorth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 30' 52.0"993.37 miwest0° 09' 56.0"11.38 minorth993.22 mi
24 hours11° 37' 05.3"795.16 mieast3° 42' 06.3"254.42 minorth830.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Alice SpringsWed 1:10 PM758 km471 miles409 nmEast-southeast ESE
Tennant CreekWed 1:10 PM836 km520 miles452 nmEast-northeast ENE
EuclaWed 12:25 PM1068 km663 miles576 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DarwinWed 1:10 PM1172 km728 miles633 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PerthWed 11:40 AM1514 km941 miles818 nmSouthwest SW
DiliWed 12:40 PM1520 km945 miles821 nmNorth N
Adelaide *Wed 2:10 PM1825 km1134 miles986 nmSoutheast SE
DenpasarWed 11:40 AM1937 km1203 miles1046 nmNorthwest NW
MakassarWed 11:40 AM2047 km1272 miles1105 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CairnsWed 1:40 PM2091 km1299 miles1129 nmEast-northeast ENE
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