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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 Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 07:20:00 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 Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 07:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 20' South, Longitude: 73° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.02 meters/second, 1652.5 km/hour, 1026.8 miles/hour or 892.3 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' 06.5"1026.73 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 minorth1026.75 mi
24 hours0° 02' 40.9"3.06 miwest0° 22' 38.0"25.92 minorth26.10 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 07:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 50' South, Longitude: 44° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.89 meters/second, 1565.6 km/hour, 972.8 miles/hour or 845.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"16.21 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 minorth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 25' 17.9"972.65 miwest0° 09' 18.7"10.67 minorth973.01 mi
24 hours13° 42' 09.1"924.16 mieast4° 05' 00.6"280.67 minorth972.24 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaThu 1:20 PM140 km87 miles76 nmNorthwest NW
Addu CityThu 12:20 PM847 km526 miles457 nmNorth N
MaleThu 12:20 PM1384 km860 miles747 nmNorth N
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteThu 12:50 PM1842 km1144 miles995 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ColomboThu 12:50 PM1843 km1145 miles995 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ThiruvananthapuramThu 12:50 PM1908 km1186 miles1030 nmNorth-northeast NNE
VictoriaThu 11:20 AM2004 km1245 miles1082 nmWest W
MaduraiThu 12:50 PM2091 km1299 miles1129 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port LouisThu 11:20 AM2137 km1328 miles1154 nmSouthwest SW
Saint-DenisThu 11:20 AM2357 km1465 miles1273 nmSouthwest SW
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