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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 21:40:00 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 21:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 07' South, Longitude: 141° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.28 meters/second, 1653.4 km/hour, 1027.4 miles/hour or 892.8 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"1027.32 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 minorth1027.34 mi
24 hours0° 02' 45.5"3.15 miwest0° 22' 42.2"26.00 minorth26.19 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 21:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 29' South, Longitude: 162° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.86 meters/second, 1579.9 km/hour, 981.7 miles/hour or 853.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.7"16.36 miwest0° 00' 10.3"0.20 minorth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 25' 51.1"981.56 miwest0° 10' 26.6"11.96 minorth981.90 mi
24 hours13° 28' 14.2"916.25 mieast4° 26' 29.1"305.22 minorth971.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeThu 12:10 PM276 km171 miles149 nmEast-southeast ESE
PapeeteThu 11:40 AM1337 km831 miles722 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiFri 11:40 AM2044 km1270 miles1103 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownThu 1:40 PM2253 km1400 miles1216 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RarotongaThu 11:40 AM2412 km1499 miles1302 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoFri 10:40 AM3236 km2011 miles1748 nmWest W
AlofiThu 10:40 AM3264 km2028 miles1763 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Fri 11:40 AM3329 km2069 miles1798 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluThu 11:40 AM3696 km2296 miles1996 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NukualofaFri 10:40 AM3860 km2399 miles2084 nmWest-southwest WSW
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