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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 12:30:00 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 12:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 15' South, Longitude: 4° 19' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.11 meters/second, 1652.8 km/hour, 1027.0 miles/hour or 892.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.12 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.12 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.6"1026.94 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 minorth1026.96 mi
24 hours0° 02' 42.6"3.09 miwest0° 22' 39.6"25.95 minorth26.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 01' South, Longitude: 30° 16' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.35 meters/second, 1570.8 km/hour, 976.1 miles/hour or 848.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"16.27 miwest0° 00' 09.7"0.19 minorth16.27 mi
1 hour14° 25' 29.5"975.93 miwest0° 09' 45.0"11.17 minorth976.28 mi
24 hours13° 37' 11.6"921.48 mieast4° 13' 34.9"290.47 minorth972.25 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownThu 12:30 PM862 km535 miles465 nmSouth S
AbidjanThu 12:30 PM1502 km933 miles811 nmNorth N
São ToméThu 12:30 PM1552 km964 miles838 nmNortheast NE
AccraThu 12:30 PM1593 km990 miles860 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroThu 12:30 PM1671 km1038 miles902 nmNorth N
LomeThu 12:30 PM1706 km1060 miles921 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaThu 12:30 PM1765 km1097 miles953 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LibrevilleThu 1:30 PM1803 km1120 miles974 nmEast-northeast ENE
Porto NovoThu 1:30 PM1804 km1121 miles974 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LagosThu 1:30 PM1836 km1141 miles991 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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