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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 22:30:00 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 22:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 06' South, Longitude: 154° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.29 meters/second, 1653.5 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"1027.35 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 minorth1027.37 mi
24 hours0° 02' 45.8"3.16 miwest0° 22' 42.5"26.01 minorth26.20 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 22:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 20' South, Longitude: 174° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.08 meters/second, 1580.7 km/hour, 982.2 miles/hour or 853.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"16.37 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.37 mi
1 hour14° 25' 53.2"982.05 miwest0° 10' 29.9"12.03 minorth982.40 mi
24 hours13° 27' 25.2"915.75 mieast4° 27' 30.5"306.40 minorth970.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiFri 12:30 PM1151 km715 miles622 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PapeeteThu 12:30 PM1165 km724 miles629 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RarotongaThu 12:30 PM1566 km973 miles846 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoFri 11:30 AM1864 km1158 miles1006 nmWest W
Apia *Fri 12:30 PM2007 km1247 miles1084 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiThu 11:30 AM2073 km1288 miles1120 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandThu 10:30 AM2622 km1629 miles1416 nmWest-northwest WNW
NukualofaFri 11:30 AM2665 km1656 miles1439 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiFri 10:30 AM2913 km1810 miles1573 nmWest W
SuvaFri 10:30 AM3149 km1957 miles1701 nmWest-southwest WSW
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