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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 Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 18:40:00 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 Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 18:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 50' South, Longitude: 96° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.07 meters/second, 1580.6 km/hour, 982.2 miles/hour or 853.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.37 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.6"981.88 miwest0° 00' 37.3"0.72 minorth981.91 mi
24 hours0° 03' 15.5"3.56 mieast0° 15' 08.3"17.35 minorth17.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 18:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 10' South, Longitude: 171° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.91 meters/second, 1536.9 km/hour, 955.0 miles/hour or 829.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.6"15.92 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.10 misouth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 26' 41.3"954.68 miwest0° 05' 26.6"6.24 misouth954.46 mi
24 hours13° 41' 40.7"905.12 mieast1° 41' 20.7"116.17 misouth908.32 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 *Sat 1:40 PM1566 km973 miles846 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:40 PM2139 km1329 miles1155 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaSat 1:40 PM2259 km1403 miles1220 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilSat 1:40 PM2611 km1623 miles1410 nmNortheast NE
QuitoSat 1:40 PM2877 km1788 miles1554 nmNortheast NE
La PazSat 2:40 PM3061 km1902 miles1653 nmEast E
Santiago *Sat 3:40 PM3068 km1906 miles1657 nmSoutheast SE
Rio BrancoSat 1:40 PM3281 km2039 miles1772 nmEast-northeast ENE
SucreSat 2:40 PM3329 km2068 miles1797 nmEast E
San JoseSat 12:40 PM3480 km2162 miles1879 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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