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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 22:20:00 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 22:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 29' South, Longitude: 151° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.85 meters/second, 1651.9 km/hour, 1026.4 miles/hour or 891.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.11 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.11 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.3"1026.35 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 minorth1026.38 mi
24 hours0° 02' 37.8"3.00 miwest0° 22' 35.3"25.87 minorth26.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 22:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 10' South, Longitude: 174° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.33 meters/second, 1556.4 km/hour, 967.1 miles/hour or 840.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"16.12 miwest0° 00' 08.4"0.16 minorth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 24' 59.5"966.92 miwest0° 08' 27.9"9.70 minorth967.27 mi
24 hours346° 09' 35.0"928.28 miwest3° 47' 57.2"261.16 minorth971.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteWed 12:20 PM1030 km640 miles556 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiThu 12:20 PM1299 km807 miles701 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaWed 12:20 PM1651 km1026 miles891 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoThu 11:20 AM2140 km1330 miles1155 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:20 PM2259 km1404 miles1220 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiWed 11:20 AM2279 km1416 miles1231 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaThu 11:20 AM2876 km1787 miles1553 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandWed 10:20 AM2901 km1802 miles1566 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownWed 2:20 PM2944 km1829 miles1590 nmSoutheast SE
FunafutiThu 10:20 AM3191 km1983 miles1723 nmWest W
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