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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 14:30:00 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 Friday, February 28, 2014 at 14:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 51' South, Longitude: 34° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.58 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"1027.99 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 minorth1028.01 mi
24 hours0° 02' 51.0"3.26 miwest0° 22' 47.0"26.09 minorth26.30 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 14:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 25' South, Longitude: 45° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.90 meters/second, 1594.5 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' 32.6"990.64 miwest0° 11' 23.7"13.05 minorth990.94 mi
24 hours13° 12' 02.0"905.47 mieast4° 42' 16.3"323.26 minorth965.03 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeFri 11:30 AM63 km39 miles34 nmWest-southwest WSW
João PessoaFri 11:30 AM100 km62 miles54 nmNorthwest NW
Campina GrandeFri 11:30 AM174 km108 miles94 nmWest-northwest WNW
CaruaruFri 11:30 AM176 km109 miles95 nmWest-southwest WSW
NatalFri 11:30 AM250 km155 miles135 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaceióFri 11:30 AM251 km156 miles135 nmSouthwest SW
Fernando de NoronhaFri 12:30 PM487 km303 miles263 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FortalezaFri 11:30 AM650 km404 miles351 nmNorthwest NW
SalvadorFri 11:30 AM723 km449 miles391 nmSouthwest SW
BrasiliaFri 11:30 AM1714 km1065 miles925 nmWest-southwest WSW
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