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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 22:40:00 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 22:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 29' South, Longitude: 156° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.51 meters/second, 1593.0 km/hour, 989.9 miles/hour or 860.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.50 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.1"989.61 miwest0° 00' 41.6"0.80 minorth989.64 mi
24 hours0° 02' 13.1"2.44 mieast0° 16' 48.7"19.27 minorth19.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 22:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 34' South, Longitude: 157° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.06 meters/second, 1566.2 km/hour, 973.2 miles/hour or 845.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.6"16.22 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 minorth16.22 mi
1 hour14° 24' 42.9"973.05 miwest0° 09' 49.8"11.26 minorth973.43 mi
24 hours13° 50' 18.5"934.35 mieast4° 15' 45.0"292.96 minorth985.73 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaThu 12:40 PM529 km329 miles286 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteThu 12:40 PM753 km468 miles407 nmEast E
AlofiThu 11:40 AM1412 km877 miles762 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 12:40 PM1669 km1037 miles901 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoFri 11:40 AM1814 km1127 miles979 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaFri 11:40 AM1989 km1236 miles1074 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiFri 12:40 PM2141 km1330 miles1156 nmNorth N
SuvaFri 10:40 AM2640 km1641 miles1426 nmWest W
FunafutiFri 10:40 AM2794 km1736 miles1509 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownThu 2:40 PM2876 km1787 miles1553 nmEast-southeast ESE
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