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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 20:40:00 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 20:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 08' South, Longitude: 126° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.26 meters/second, 1653.3 km/hour, 1027.3 miles/hour or 892.7 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' 06.7"1027.28 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 minorth1027.30 mi
24 hours0° 02' 45.3"3.14 miwest0° 22' 41.9"26.00 minorth26.19 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 20:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 39' South, Longitude: 148° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.59 meters/second, 1578.9 km/hour, 981.1 miles/hour or 852.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.7"16.35 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 minorth16.35 mi
1 hour14° 25' 48.6"980.96 miwest0° 10' 22.5"11.88 minorth981.31 mi
24 hours13° 29' 13.0"916.85 mieast4° 25' 13.3"303.78 minorth971.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownThu 12:40 PM1906 km1185 miles1029 nmSouth S
PapeeteThu 10:40 AM2674 km1662 miles1444 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Thu 3:40 PM2795 km1736 miles1509 nmSoutheast SE
KiritimatiFri 10:40 AM3561 km2213 miles1923 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaThu 10:40 AM3821 km2374 miles2063 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsThu 2:40 PM4206 km2613 miles2271 nmEast E
Mexico CityThu 2:40 PM4303 km2674 miles2324 nmNortheast NE
HonoluluThu 10:40 AM4701 km2921 miles2538 nmNorthwest NW
GuatemalaThu 2:40 PM4731 km2940 miles2555 nmEast-northeast ENE
Los AngelesThu 12:40 PM4755 km2955 miles2568 nmNorth N
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