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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 12:50:00 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 12:50:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 52' South, Longitude: 9° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.55 meters/second, 1654.4 km/hour, 1028.0 miles/hour or 893.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.13 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.13 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.9"1027.92 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 minorth1027.94 mi
24 hours0° 02' 50.5"3.25 miwest0° 22' 46.5"26.09 minorth26.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:50:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 44' South, Longitude: 21° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.55 meters/second, 1593.2 km/hour, 990.0 miles/hour or 860.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.4"16.50 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 minorth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 26' 28.5"989.84 miwest0° 11' 19.2"12.97 minorth990.15 mi
24 hours13° 13' 35.5"906.59 mieast4° 41' 10.2"322.01 minorth965.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownFri 12:50 PM975 km606 miles527 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AbidjanFri 12:50 PM1575 km979 miles851 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaFri 12:50 PM1577 km980 miles852 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroFri 12:50 PM1687 km1048 miles911 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraFri 12:50 PM1799 km1118 miles971 nmNortheast NE
FreetownFri 12:50 PM1859 km1155 miles1004 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeFri 12:50 PM1944 km1208 miles1050 nmNortheast NE
ConakryFri 12:50 PM1982 km1231 miles1070 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São ToméFri 12:50 PM2004 km1245 miles1082 nmEast-northeast ENE
Porto NovoFri 1:50 PM2072 km1288 miles1119 nmNortheast NE
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