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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 16:56:00 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 16:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 46' South, Longitude: 70° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.75 meters/second, 1640.7 km/hour, 1019.5 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"1019.38 miwest0° 00' 54.0"1.03 minorth1019.40 mi
24 hours0° 01' 43.9"1.96 miwest0° 21' 41.5"24.85 minorth24.93 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 16:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 18' South, Longitude: 170° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.40 meters/second, 1571.1 km/hour, 976.2 miles/hour or 848.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"16.27 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.27 mi
1 hour14° 29' 54.3"975.99 miwest0° 07' 49.3"8.96 misouth975.77 mi
24 hours347° 39' 35.0"830.74 miwest2° 48' 26.3"193.01 misouth847.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CobijaThu 12:56 PM200 km124 miles108 nmEast E
Rio BrancoThu 11:56 AM314 km195 miles170 nmEast-northeast ENE
Machu Picchu PuebloThu 11:56 AM339 km210 miles183 nmSouthwest SW
RiberaltaThu 12:56 PM495 km307 miles267 nmEast E
ArequipaThu 11:56 AM633 km393 miles342 nmSouth S
La PazThu 12:56 PM687 km427 miles371 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LimaThu 11:56 AM719 km447 miles388 nmWest-southwest WSW
SucreThu 12:56 PM1078 km670 miles582 nmSouth-southeast SSE
GuayaquilThu 11:56 AM1399 km869 miles755 nmNorthwest NW
ManausThu 12:56 PM1440 km895 miles778 nmNortheast NE
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