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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 23, 2014 at 17:56:00 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 23, 2014 at 17:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 20' South, Longitude: 86° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.76 meters/second, 1575.9 km/hour, 979.2 miles/hour or 850.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"16.32 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 59' 50.5"978.93 miwest0° 00' 35.7"0.68 minorth978.96 mi
24 hours0° 03' 39.0"3.97 mieast0° 14' 25.9"16.54 minorth17.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 17:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 08' South, Longitude: 173° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 440.32 meters/second, 1585.2 km/hour, 985.0 miles/hour or 855.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"16.42 miwest0° 00' 08.8"0.17 misouth16.42 mi
1 hour14° 30' 36.0"984.78 miwest0° 08' 54.7"10.21 misouth984.58 mi
24 hours347° 53' 55.1"821.33 miwest3° 19' 04.1"228.07 misouth847.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaThu 12:56 PM1255 km780 miles678 nmNortheast NE
La PazThu 1:56 PM1921 km1194 miles1037 nmEast E
GuayaquilThu 12:56 PM2008 km1247 miles1084 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsThu 11:56 AM2076 km1290 miles1121 nmNorth N
SucreThu 1:56 PM2183 km1356 miles1179 nmEast E
Santiago *Thu 2:56 PM2183 km1357 miles1179 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoThu 12:56 PM2215 km1376 miles1196 nmEast-northeast ENE
QuitoThu 12:56 PM2267 km1409 miles1224 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Easter Island *Thu 12:56 PM2530 km1572 miles1366 nmWest-southwest WSW
CórdobaThu 2:56 PM2567 km1595 miles1386 nmSoutheast SE
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