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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 23:20:00 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 23:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 45' South, Longitude: 166° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.85 meters/second, 1590.7 km/hour, 988.4 miles/hour or 858.9 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' 53.7"988.13 miwest0° 00' 40.9"0.78 minorth988.17 mi
24 hours0° 02' 25.0"2.66 mieast0° 16' 30.7"18.93 minorth19.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 23:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 56' South, Longitude: 178° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.08 meters/second, 1541.1 km/hour, 957.6 miles/hour or 832.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.96 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 minorth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 23' 33.6"957.38 miwest0° 07' 27.6"8.55 minorth957.71 mi
24 hours345° 38' 19.0"955.30 miwest3° 28' 33.2"238.97 minorth992.15 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiWed 12:20 PM369 km229 miles199 nmWest-southwest WSW
Pago PagoWed 12:20 PM575 km358 miles311 nmNorthwest NW
Apia *Thu 1:20 PM694 km431 miles375 nmNorthwest NW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Thu 1:20 PM739 km459 miles399 nmNorthwest NW
NeiafuThu 12:20 PM777 km483 miles419 nmWest W
RarotongaWed 1:20 PM823 km511 miles444 nmEast-southeast ESE
PangaiThu 12:20 PM838 km521 miles453 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaThu 12:20 PM968 km601 miles523 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoThu 12:20 PM1048 km651 miles566 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SuvaThu 11:20 AM1576 km979 miles851 nmWest W
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