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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 18:20:00 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 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 32' South, Longitude: 91° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.78 meters/second, 1651.6 km/hour, 1026.3 miles/hour or 891.8 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' 06.3"1026.19 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.07 minorth1026.21 mi
24 hours0° 02' 36.5"2.98 miwest0° 22' 34.1"25.85 minorth26.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 43' South, Longitude: 128° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.22 meters/second, 1552.4 km/hour, 964.6 miles/hour or 838.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.8"16.08 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.15 minorth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 24' 52.2"964.41 miwest0° 08' 03.5"9.23 minorth964.75 mi
24 hours13° 53' 52.4"929.86 mieast3° 39' 32.6"251.53 minorth970.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsWed 12:20 PM879 km546 miles475 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuayaquilWed 1:20 PM1491 km927 miles805 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaWed 1:20 PM1662 km1033 miles897 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoWed 1:20 PM1737 km1079 miles938 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseWed 12:20 PM2214 km1376 miles1196 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaWed 12:20 PM2368 km1472 miles1279 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaWed 1:20 PM2369 km1472 miles1279 nmNortheast NE
BogotaWed 1:20 PM2447 km1520 miles1321 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorWed 12:20 PM2476 km1539 miles1337 nmNorth N
TegucigalpaWed 12:20 PM2552 km1586 miles1378 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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