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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 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 22:56:00 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 Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 02' South, Longitude: 160° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.34 meters/second, 1639.2 km/hour, 1018.6 miles/hour or 885.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.98 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.98 mi
1 hour15° 00' 03.8"1018.45 miwest0° 00' 53.7"1.03 minorth1018.48 mi
24 hours0° 01' 36.8"1.83 miwest0° 21' 34.0"24.70 minorth24.77 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 48' South, Longitude: 71° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 441.03 meters/second, 1587.7 km/hour, 986.5 miles/hour or 857.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.44 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.44 mi
1 hour14° 30' 59.0"986.37 miwest0° 08' 48.2"10.09 misouth986.18 mi
24 hours11° 52' 46.3"807.22 mieast3° 16' 32.8"225.18 misouth833.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RarotongaWed 12:56 PM1131 km703 miles611 nmSouth S
FakaofoThu 11:56 AM1184 km736 miles639 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:56 PM1258 km781 miles679 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiWed 11:56 AM1340 km833 miles724 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteWed 12:56 PM1386 km861 miles748 nmEast-southeast ESE
KiritimatiThu 12:56 PM1471 km914 miles794 nmNorth-northeast NNE
NukualofaThu 11:56 AM1922 km1194 miles1038 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 10:56 AM2156 km1339 miles1164 nmNorthwest NW
FunafutiThu 10:56 AM2236 km1389 miles1207 nmWest W
SuvaThu 10:56 AM2395 km1488 miles1293 nmWest-southwest WSW
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