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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 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:20:00 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 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 38' South, Longitude: 1° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.66 meters/second, 1651.2 km/hour, 1026.0 miles/hour or 891.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.10 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.10 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.2"1025.93 miwest0° 00' 56.1"1.07 minorth1025.95 mi
24 hours0° 02' 34.6"2.94 miwest0° 22' 32.2"25.81 minorth25.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 12:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 29' South, Longitude: 41° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.59 meters/second, 1546.5 km/hour, 961.0 miles/hour or 835.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.6"16.02 miwest0° 00' 07.4"0.14 minorth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 24' 42.5"960.75 miwest0° 07' 25.0"8.50 minorth961.07 mi
24 hours13° 58' 43.1"931.89 mieast3° 26' 02.4"236.08 minorth968.24 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownWed 12:20 PM913 km567 miles493 nmSouth-southwest SSW
São ToméWed 12:20 PM1369 km851 miles739 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanWed 12:20 PM1563 km971 miles844 nmNorth N
AccraWed 12:20 PM1578 km980 miles852 nmNorth N
LibrevilleWed 1:20 PM1597 km992 miles862 nmNortheast NE
LuandaWed 1:20 PM1652 km1026 miles892 nmEast E
LomeWed 12:20 PM1666 km1035 miles900 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Porto NovoWed 1:20 PM1742 km1083 miles941 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroWed 12:20 PM1753 km1089 miles946 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LagosWed 1:20 PM1763 km1095 miles952 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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