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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 Friday, February 21, 2014 at 17:56:00 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 Friday, February 21, 2014 at 17:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 24' South, Longitude: 85° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.31 meters/second, 1642.7 km/hour, 1020.7 miles/hour or 887.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.01 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.01 mi
1 hour15° 00' 04.7"1020.64 miwest0° 00' 54.4"1.04 minorth1020.67 mi
24 hours0° 01' 53.8"2.15 miwest0° 21' 51.5"25.04 minorth25.13 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 21, 2014 at 17:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 13' South, Longitude: 168° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.81 meters/second, 1547.3 km/hour, 961.5 miles/hour or 835.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.2"16.02 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 28' 14.4"961.20 miwest0° 05' 58.0"6.84 misouth960.98 mi
24 hours346° 59' 16.6"864.35 miwest1° 57' 31.9"134.71 misouth870.37 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LimaFri 12:56 PM954 km593 miles515 nmEast-southeast ESE
LojaFri 12:56 PM1000 km621 miles540 nmNortheast NE
GuayaquilFri 12:56 PM1103 km685 miles595 nmNortheast NE
Galapagos IslandsFri 11:56 AM1139 km708 miles615 nmNorth-northwest NNW
QuitoFri 12:56 PM1372 km852 miles741 nmNortheast NE
CaliFri 12:56 PM1829 km1137 miles988 nmNortheast NE
Rio BrancoFri 12:56 PM1950 km1211 miles1053 nmEast E
La PazFri 1:56 PM2008 km1248 miles1084 nmEast-southeast ESE
BogotaFri 12:56 PM2096 km1302 miles1132 nmNortheast NE
PanamaFri 12:56 PM2247 km1396 miles1213 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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