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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 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 00:00:00 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 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 00:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 28' South, Longitude: 176° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.55 meters/second, 1593.2 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"989.69 miwest0° 00' 41.6"0.80 minorth989.72 mi
24 hours0° 02' 12.5"2.43 mieast0° 16' 49.8"19.29 minorth19.44 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 31, 2014 at 00:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 21' South, Longitude: 176° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.47 meters/second, 1567.7 km/hour, 974.1 miles/hour or 846.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.7"16.23 miwest0° 00' 09.8"0.19 minorth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 24' 47.6"973.96 miwest0° 09' 56.3"11.39 minorth974.33 mi
24 hours13° 48' 22.7"932.96 mieast4° 17' 49.4"295.34 minorth985.02 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TubouFri 12:00 Noon244 km151 miles132 nmWest-southwest WSW
NeiafuFri 1:00 PM312 km194 miles169 nmEast-southeast ESE
PangaiFri 1:00 PM356 km221 miles192 nmSoutheast SE
NukualofaFri 1:00 PM435 km270 miles235 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LabasaFri 12:00 Noon438 km272 miles236 nmWest-northwest WNW
Mata-UtuFri 12:00 Noon463 km288 miles250 nmNorth N
LevukaFri 12:00 Noon479 km298 miles259 nmWest W
SuvaFri 12:00 Noon526 km327 miles284 nmWest W
LautokaFri 12:00 Noon625 km388 miles338 nmWest W
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Fri 2:00 PM629 km391 miles340 nmNortheast NE
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