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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 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 Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 23:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 28' South, Longitude: 166° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.53 meters/second, 1593.1 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"989.65 miwest0° 00' 41.6"0.80 minorth989.68 mi
24 hours0° 02' 12.7"2.44 mieast0° 16' 49.4"19.28 minorth19.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 23:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 27' South, Longitude: 167° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.27 meters/second, 1567.0 km/hour, 973.7 miles/hour or 846.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.6"16.23 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 minorth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 24' 45.3"973.51 miwest0° 09' 53.1"11.33 minorth973.88 mi
24 hours13° 49' 20.8"933.65 mieast4° 16' 47.7"294.16 minorth985.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiThu 12:20 PM386 km240 miles209 nmWest-southwest WSW
Pago PagoThu 12:20 PM559 km347 miles302 nmNorthwest NW
Apia *Fri 1:20 PM680 km422 miles367 nmNorthwest NW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Fri 1:20 PM725 km451 miles391 nmNorthwest NW
NeiafuFri 12:20 PM786 km488 miles424 nmWest W
RarotongaThu 1:20 PM835 km519 miles451 nmEast-southeast ESE
PangaiFri 12:20 PM852 km529 miles460 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaFri 12:20 PM985 km612 miles532 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoFri 12:20 PM1024 km636 miles553 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SuvaFri 11:20 AM1583 km983 miles854 nmWest W
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