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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 Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 02:30:00 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 Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 02:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 09' South, Longitude: 145° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.29 meters/second, 1595.9 km/hour, 991.6 miles/hour or 861.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.53 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 59' 54.7"991.37 miwest0° 00' 42.5"0.81 minorth991.40 mi
24 hours0° 01' 58.9"2.18 mieast0° 17' 09.9"19.67 minorth19.79 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 02:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 34' South, Longitude: 161° 02' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.67 meters/second, 1593.6 km/hour, 990.2 miles/hour or 860.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.3"16.50 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 26' 23.8"990.13 miwest0° 11' 33.2"13.23 minorth990.44 mi
24 hours13° 10' 26.0"903.33 mieast4° 44' 40.3"326.01 minorth964.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CairnsSat 12:30 PM28 km17 miles15 nmNorth-northwest NNW
TownsvilleSat 12:30 PM249 km154 miles134 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Port MoresbySat 12:30 PM863 km536 miles466 nmNorth N
BrisbaneSat 12:30 PM1358 km844 miles734 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Alice SpringsSat 12:00 Noon1447 km899 miles782 nmWest-southwest WSW
DarwinSat 12:00 Noon1699 km1056 miles917 nmWest-northwest WNW
JayapuraSat 11:30 AM1712 km1064 miles925 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HoniaraSat 1:30 PM1746 km1085 miles943 nmEast-northeast ENE
Sydney *Sat 1:30 PM1927 km1197 miles1040 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Canberra *Sat 1:30 PM2035 km1264 miles1099 nmSouth S
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