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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 23:10:00 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 23:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 28' South, Longitude: 164° 18' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.87 meters/second, 1651.9 km/hour, 1026.5 miles/hour or 892.0 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"1026.39 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 minorth1026.41 mi
24 hours0° 02' 38.2"3.01 miwest0° 22' 35.5"25.88 minorth26.05 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 23:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 03' South, Longitude: 161° 60' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.57 meters/second, 1557.2 km/hour, 967.6 miles/hour or 840.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"16.13 miwest0° 00' 08.5"0.16 minorth16.13 mi
1 hour14° 25' 01.1"967.45 miwest0° 08' 32.8"9.79 minorth967.79 mi
24 hours13° 49' 40.6"927.93 mieast3° 49' 38.5"263.09 minorth971.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FakaofoThu 12:10 PM769 km478 miles415 nmWest W
RawakiThu 12:10 PM883 km548 miles477 nmNorthwest NW
Pago PagoWed 12:10 PM948 km589 miles512 nmSouthwest SW
Apia *Thu 1:10 PM1009 km627 miles545 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiWed 12:10 PM1319 km819 miles712 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiThu 1:10 PM1379 km857 miles745 nmNortheast NE
RarotongaWed 1:10 PM1494 km928 miles807 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandWed 11:10 AM1656 km1029 miles894 nmNorthwest NW
FunafutiThu 11:10 AM1815 km1128 miles980 nmWest W
NukualofaThu 12:10 PM1826 km1135 miles986 nmSouthwest SW
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