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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 15:56:00 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 15:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 47' South, Longitude: 55° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.73 meters/second, 1640.6 km/hour, 1019.4 miles/hour or 885.9 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"1019.33 miwest0° 00' 54.0"1.03 minorth1019.35 mi
24 hours0° 01' 43.5"1.96 miwest0° 21' 41.1"24.84 minorth24.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 10' South, Longitude: 174° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.67 meters/second, 1572.0 km/hour, 976.8 miles/hour or 848.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.9"16.28 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.28 mi
1 hour14° 29' 58.0"976.59 miwest0° 07' 53.0"9.03 misouth976.37 mi
24 hours12° 18' 49.5"829.40 mieast2° 50' 11.2"195.01 misouth847.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SinopThu 11:56 AM119 km74 miles64 nmSouth S
São Félix do XinguThu 12:56 PM605 km376 miles327 nmNortheast NE
Barra do GarçasThu 12:56 PM669 km416 miles361 nmSouth-southeast SSE
San Ignacio de VelascoThu 11:56 AM850 km528 miles459 nmSouthwest SW
ManausThu 11:56 AM980 km609 miles529 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrasiliaThu 12:56 PM1001 km622 miles540 nmSoutheast SE
BelémThu 12:56 PM1296 km806 miles700 nmNortheast NE
Rio BrancoThu 10:56 AM1343 km835 miles725 nmWest W
SucreThu 11:56 AM1385 km860 miles748 nmSouthwest SW
La PazThu 11:56 AM1498 km931 miles809 nmWest-southwest WSW
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