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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 08:30:00 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 Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 08:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 19' South, Longitude: 55° 41' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.04 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' 06.6"1026.78 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 minorth1026.80 mi
24 hours0° 02' 41.3"3.07 miwest0° 22' 38.4"25.93 minorth26.11 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 08:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 39' South, Longitude: 27° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.22 meters/second, 1566.8 km/hour, 973.6 miles/hour or 846.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"16.22 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 minorth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 25' 20.5"973.39 miwest0° 09' 24.9"10.79 minorth973.75 mi
24 hours13° 41' 02.5"923.57 mieast4° 07' 01.5"282.97 minorth972.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaThu 12:30 PM410 km255 miles221 nmNorth N
Port LouisThu 12:30 PM1325 km823 miles716 nmSouth S
Saint-DenisThu 12:30 PM1390 km864 miles750 nmSouth S
MoroniThu 11:30 AM1412 km878 miles763 nmWest-southwest WSW
AntananarivoThu 11:30 AM1467 km912 miles792 nmSouthwest SW
MogadishuThu 11:30 AM1622 km1008 miles876 nmNorthwest NW
Dar es SalaamThu 11:30 AM1817 km1129 miles981 nmWest W
Diego GarciaThu 2:30 PM1848 km1149 miles998 nmEast E
DodomaThu 11:30 AM2215 km1376 miles1196 nmWest W
NairobiThu 11:30 AM2232 km1387 miles1205 nmWest-northwest WNW
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