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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 Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 00:40:00 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 Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 00:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 44' South, Longitude: 173° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.89 meters/second, 1590.8 km/hour, 988.5 miles/hour or 859.0 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"988.22 miwest0° 00' 40.9"0.78 minorth988.25 mi
24 hours0° 02' 24.4"2.64 mieast0° 16' 31.8"18.95 minorth19.13 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 00:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 46' South, Longitude: 159° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.46 meters/second, 1542.4 km/hour, 958.4 miles/hour or 832.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.97 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 minorth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 23' 36.8"958.22 miwest0° 07' 36.9"8.73 minorth958.56 mi
24 hours14° 20' 05.0"954.31 mieast3° 31' 46.7"242.66 minorth992.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NadiThu 12:40 PM436 km271 miles236 nmEast E
LautokaThu 12:40 PM441 km274 miles238 nmEast E
Port VilaThu 11:40 AM529 km329 miles285 nmWest W
SuvaThu 12:40 PM545 km338 miles294 nmEast E
LevukaThu 12:40 PM587 km365 miles317 nmEast E
LabasaThu 12:40 PM662 km411 miles357 nmEast-northeast ENE
LuganvilleThu 11:40 AM698 km434 miles377 nmWest-northwest WNW
NoumeaThu 11:40 AM875 km544 miles473 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiThu 12:40 PM1204 km748 miles650 nmNorth-northeast NNE
NukualofaThu 1:40 PM1265 km786 miles683 nmEast-southeast ESE
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