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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 16:30:00 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 16:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 34' South, Longitude: 64° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.74 meters/second, 1651.5 km/hour, 1026.2 miles/hour or 891.7 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"1026.11 miwest0° 00' 56.1"1.07 minorth1026.13 mi
24 hours0° 02' 36.0"2.96 miwest0° 22' 33.5"25.84 minorth26.01 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 16:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 57' South, Longitude: 101° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.71 meters/second, 1550.6 km/hour, 963.5 miles/hour or 837.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.7"16.06 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 minorth16.06 mi
1 hour14° 24' 49.0"963.28 miwest0° 07' 51.8"9.01 minorth963.61 mi
24 hours13° 55' 24.0"930.52 mieast3° 35' 31.7"246.94 minorth969.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoWed 12:30 PM47 km29 miles25 nmEast-southeast ESE
RiberaltaWed 12:30 PM333 km207 miles180 nmSouthwest SW
Rio BrancoWed 11:30 AM418 km260 miles226 nmWest-southwest WSW
CobijaWed 12:30 PM561 km349 miles303 nmWest-southwest WSW
ManausWed 12:30 PM766 km476 miles413 nmNortheast NE
San Ignacio de VelascoWed 12:30 PM936 km582 miles505 nmSouth-southeast SSE
La PazWed 12:30 PM972 km604 miles525 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SucreWed 12:30 PM1163 km722 miles628 nmSouth S
LimaWed 11:30 AM1449 km900 miles782 nmWest-southwest WSW
BogotaWed 11:30 AM1821 km1131 miles983 nmNorthwest NW
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