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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 10:46:00 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 10:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 52' South, Longitude: 21° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.61 meters/second, 1640.2 km/hour, 1019.2 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"1019.06 miwest0° 00' 53.9"1.03 minorth1019.09 mi
24 hours0° 01' 41.5"1.92 miwest0° 21' 38.9"24.80 minorth24.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 29' South, Longitude: 100° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.03 meters/second, 1576.9 km/hour, 979.8 miles/hour or 851.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.33 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 30' 17.4"979.65 miwest0° 08' 11.4"9.39 misouth979.43 mi
24 hours12° 10' 41.2"822.53 mieast2° 58' 52.2"204.95 misouth842.73 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LuenaThu 11:46 AM243 km151 miles131 nmWest-southwest WSW
LucapaThu 11:46 AM300 km187 miles162 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MonguThu 12:46 PM505 km314 miles273 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TshikapaThu 12:46 PM507 km315 miles274 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Mbuji-MayiThu 12:46 PM555 km345 miles300 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LubumbashiThu 12:46 PM612 km381 miles331 nmEast E
MenongueThu 11:46 AM623 km387 miles336 nmSouthwest SW
MalanjeThu 11:46 AM629 km391 miles340 nmWest-northwest WNW
HuamboThu 11:46 AM708 km440 miles382 nmWest-southwest WSW
KitweThu 12:46 PM718 km446 miles388 nmEast-southeast ESE
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