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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 Friday, February 28, 2014 at 00:20:00 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 Friday, February 28, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 04' South, Longitude: 178° 09' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.33 meters/second, 1653.6 km/hour, 1027.5 miles/hour or 892.9 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"1027.42 miwest0° 00' 56.7"1.08 minorth1027.44 mi
24 hours0° 02' 46.4"3.17 miwest0° 22' 43.0"26.02 minorth26.21 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 01' South, Longitude: 158° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.55 meters/second, 1582.4 km/hour, 983.3 miles/hour or 854.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"16.39 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 minorth16.39 mi
1 hour14° 25' 57.6"983.12 miwest0° 10' 37.4"12.17 minorth983.47 mi
24 hours13° 25' 37.4"914.63 mieast4° 29' 40.3"308.87 minorth970.47 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiFri 12:20 PM127 km79 miles68 nmEast-southeast ESE
LabasaFri 12:20 PM934 km581 miles504 nmSouth S
Baker IslandThu 12:20 PM1091 km678 miles589 nmNorth-northeast NNE
SuvaFri 12:20 PM1114 km692 miles601 nmSouth S
FakaofoFri 1:20 PM1176 km731 miles635 nmEast E
TarawaFri 12:20 PM1195 km743 miles645 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Apia *Fri 2:20 PM1272 km790 miles687 nmEast-southeast ESE
YarenFri 12:20 PM1500 km932 miles810 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port VilaFri 11:20 AM1510 km938 miles815 nmSouthwest SW
NukualofaFri 1:20 PM1612 km1002 miles871 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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