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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, February 20, 2014 at 09:56:00 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 Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 09:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 53' South, Longitude: 34° 26' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.59 meters/second, 1640.1 km/hour, 1019.1 miles/hour or 885.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.99 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth16.99 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.0"1019.02 miwest0° 00' 53.9"1.03 minorth1019.05 mi
24 hours0° 01' 41.1"1.91 miwest0° 21' 38.6"24.79 minorth24.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 09:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 22' South, Longitude: 87° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.25 meters/second, 1577.7 km/hour, 980.3 miles/hour or 851.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"16.34 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth16.34 mi
1 hour14° 30' 20.4"980.13 miwest0° 08' 14.4"9.44 misouth979.92 mi
24 hours12° 09' 23.4"821.43 mieast3° 00' 12.8"206.49 misouth842.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MzuzuThu 11:56 AM79 km49 miles43 nmSouthwest SW
KarongaThu 11:56 AM118 km73 miles64 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MbeyaThu 12:56 PM243 km151 miles131 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LilongweThu 11:56 AM352 km219 miles190 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KasamaThu 11:56 AM361 km225 miles195 nmWest W
ChipataThu 11:56 AM363 km225 miles196 nmSouth-southwest SSW
DodomaThu 12:56 PM540 km335 miles291 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BlantyreThu 11:56 AM547 km340 miles295 nmSouth S
NdolaThu 11:56 AM674 km419 miles364 nmWest-southwest WSW
Dar es SalaamThu 12:56 PM697 km433 miles377 nmNortheast NE
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