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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 14:20:00 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 14:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 51' South, Longitude: 31° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.57 meters/second, 1654.5 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"1027.98 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 minorth1028.00 mi
24 hours0° 02' 51.0"3.25 miwest0° 22' 47.0"26.09 minorth26.30 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 14:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 27' South, Longitude: 43° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.87 meters/second, 1594.3 km/hour, 990.7 miles/hour or 860.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.4"16.51 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.51 mi
1 hour14° 26' 32.1"990.56 miwest0° 11' 23.3"13.04 minorth990.86 mi
24 hours13° 12' 11.3"905.58 mieast4° 42' 09.9"323.14 minorth965.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeFri 11:20 AM333 km207 miles180 nmWest W
NatalFri 11:20 AM439 km273 miles237 nmWest-northwest WNW
Fernando de NoronhaFri 12:20 PM441 km274 miles238 nmNorth N
MaceióFri 11:20 AM470 km292 miles254 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaFri 11:20 AM871 km541 miles470 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorFri 11:20 AM919 km571 miles496 nmSouthwest SW
BrasiliaFri 11:20 AM1952 km1213 miles1054 nmWest-southwest WSW
BelémFri 11:20 AM1974 km1226 miles1066 nmWest-northwest WNW
Rio de JaneiroFri 11:20 AM2065 km1283 miles1115 nmSouthwest SW
São PauloFri 11:20 AM2347 km1458 miles1267 nmSouthwest SW
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