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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 29, 2014 at 00:20:00 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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 00' South, Longitude: 178° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.21 meters/second, 1588.4 km/hour, 987.0 miles/hour or 857.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.45 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.45 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.2"986.69 miwest0° 00' 40.0"0.77 minorth986.72 mi
24 hours0° 02' 36.8"2.87 mieast0° 16' 12.4"18.58 minorth18.80 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 13' South, Longitude: 149° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.62 meters/second, 1521.4 km/hour, 945.4 miles/hour or 821.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.0"15.76 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 minorth15.76 mi
1 hour14° 22' 59.8"945.12 miwest0° 04' 30.7"5.17 minorth945.34 mi
24 hours14° 42' 41.0"966.67 mieast2° 24' 33.6"165.68 minorth987.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SuvaWed 12:20 PM23 km14 miles12 nmSoutheast SE
LevukaWed 12:20 PM71 km44 miles38 nmEast-northeast ENE
NadiWed 12:20 PM92 km57 miles50 nmWest-northwest WNW
LautokaWed 12:20 PM96 km59 miles52 nmWest-northwest WNW
LabasaWed 12:20 PM210 km131 miles114 nmNortheast NE
NukualofaWed 1:20 PM769 km478 miles415 nmEast-southeast ESE
PangaiWed 1:20 PM804 km500 miles434 nmEast-southeast ESE
NeiafuWed 1:20 PM823 km512 miles445 nmEast E
Port VilaWed 11:20 AM1054 km655 miles569 nmWest W
FunafutiWed 12:20 PM1055 km655 miles569 nmNorth N
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