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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 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 Friday, January 31, 2014 at 23:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 11' South, Longitude: 171° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.21 meters/second, 1595.6 km/hour, 991.4 miles/hour or 861.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.52 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.52 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.6"991.19 miwest0° 00' 42.4"0.81 minorth991.22 mi
24 hours0° 02' 00.2"2.21 mieast0° 17' 07.7"19.63 minorth19.76 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, January 31, 2014 at 23:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 07' South, Longitude: 158° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.01 meters/second, 1591.2 km/hour, 988.8 miles/hour or 859.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.48 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.48 mi
1 hour14° 26' 13.5"988.65 miwest0° 11' 26.2"13.10 minorth988.97 mi
24 hours13° 14' 19.8"906.60 mieast4° 43' 05.4"324.21 minorth966.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlofiFri 12:40 PM274 km170 miles148 nmSoutheast SE
NeiafuSat 12:40 PM298 km185 miles161 nmWest-southwest WSW
Pago PagoFri 12:40 PM338 km210 miles182 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Apia *Sat 1:40 PM371 km231 miles200 nmNorth N
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sat 1:40 PM387 km240 miles209 nmNorth N
PangaiSat 12:40 PM409 km254 miles221 nmSouthwest SW
NukualofaSat 12:40 PM577 km358 miles311 nmSouthwest SW
Mata-UtuSat 11:40 AM650 km404 miles351 nmNorthwest NW
FakaofoSat 12:40 PM866 km538 miles468 nmNorth N
LabasaSat 11:40 AM964 km599 miles520 nmWest W
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