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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 18:30:00 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 18:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 32' South, Longitude: 94° 17' 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' 36.6"2.98 miwest0° 22' 34.1"25.85 minorth26.02 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 18:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 41' South, Longitude: 130° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.26 meters/second, 1552.5 km/hour, 964.7 miles/hour or 838.3 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' 52.4"964.51 miwest0° 08' 04.5"9.25 minorth964.85 mi
24 hours13° 53' 43.8"929.79 mieast3° 39' 54.3"251.95 minorth970.20 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 12:30 PM992 km616 miles536 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuayaquilWed 1:30 PM1741 km1082 miles940 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaWed 1:30 PM1929 km1199 miles1042 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoWed 1:30 PM1977 km1229 miles1068 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseWed 12:30 PM2335 km1451 miles1261 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaWed 12:30 PM2454 km1525 miles1325 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San SalvadorWed 12:30 PM2523 km1568 miles1362 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaWed 1:30 PM2538 km1577 miles1370 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Wed 1:30 PM2594 km1612 miles1400 nmSouthwest SW
GuatemalaWed 12:30 PM2594 km1612 miles1401 nmNorth N
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