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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 23:40:00 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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 23:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 44' South, Longitude: 171° 42' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.86 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"988.15 miwest0° 00' 40.9"0.78 minorth988.19 mi
24 hours0° 02' 24.9"2.65 mieast0° 16' 31.0"18.93 minorth19.12 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 23:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 53' South, Longitude: 173° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.17 meters/second, 1541.4 km/hour, 957.8 miles/hour or 832.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.96 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 minorth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 23' 34.3"957.59 miwest0° 07' 29.9"8.59 minorth957.92 mi
24 hours345° 38' 42.8"955.05 miwest3° 29' 21.8"239.89 minorth992.14 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiWed 12:40 PM238 km148 miles128 nmSoutheast SE
NeiafuThu 12:40 PM262 km163 miles141 nmWest-southwest WSW
PangaiThu 12:40 PM361 km225 miles195 nmSouthwest SW
Pago PagoWed 12:40 PM399 km248 miles215 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Apia *Thu 1:40 PM432 km269 miles233 nmNorth N
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Thu 1:40 PM446 km277 miles241 nmNorth N
NukualofaThu 12:40 PM526 km327 miles284 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoThu 12:40 PM928 km576 miles501 nmNorth N
LabasaThu 11:40 AM961 km597 miles519 nmWest W
SuvaThu 11:40 AM1047 km651 miles565 nmWest W
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