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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 18:20:00 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 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 48' South, Longitude: 91° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.71 meters/second, 1590.2 km/hour, 988.1 miles/hour or 858.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.47 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.47 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.6"987.82 miwest0° 00' 40.6"0.78 minorth987.85 mi
24 hours0° 02' 27.6"2.70 mieast0° 16' 26.8"18.85 minorth19.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 31' South, Longitude: 109° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.71 meters/second, 1536.2 km/hour, 954.5 miles/hour or 829.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.91 miwest0° 00' 06.7"0.13 minorth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 23' 22.7"954.31 miwest0° 06' 51.6"7.86 minorth954.62 mi
24 hours14° 27' 21.9"958.71 mieast3° 15' 56.2"224.52 minorth992.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaWed 1:20 PM1701 km1057 miles918 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsWed 12:20 PM1884 km1170 miles1017 nmNorth N
Easter Island *Wed 1:20 PM2082 km1293 miles1124 nmWest-southwest WSW
GuayaquilWed 1:20 PM2153 km1338 miles1163 nmNortheast NE
QuitoWed 1:20 PM2422 km1505 miles1308 nmNortheast NE
La PazWed 2:20 PM2511 km1560 miles1356 nmEast E
Rio BrancoWed 1:20 PM2720 km1690 miles1469 nmEast-northeast ENE
Santiago *Wed 3:20 PM2722 km1691 miles1470 nmSoutheast SE
SucreWed 2:20 PM2795 km1737 miles1509 nmEast E
BogotaWed 1:20 PM3147 km1956 miles1699 nmNortheast NE
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