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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 20:30:00 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 20:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 45' South, Longitude: 124° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.68 meters/second, 1654.8 km/hour, 1028.3 miles/hour or 893.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.14 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.14 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.0"1028.22 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 minorth1028.24 mi
24 hours0° 02' 52.9"3.29 miwest0° 22' 48.7"26.13 minorth26.33 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 20:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 16' South, Longitude: 132° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.09 meters/second, 1598.7 km/hour, 993.4 miles/hour or 863.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.8"16.56 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 26' 47.2"993.31 miwest0° 11' 37.8"13.32 minorth993.58 mi
24 hours13° 06' 33.0"901.36 mieast4° 45' 24.1"326.84 minorth961.67 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownFri 12:30 PM2010 km1249 miles1085 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Fri 3:30 PM2665 km1656 miles1439 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteFri 10:30 AM2938 km1825 miles1586 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiSat 10:30 AM3810 km2368 miles2057 nmWest-northwest WNW
Galapagos IslandsFri 2:30 PM3932 km2443 miles2123 nmEast E
RarotongaFri 10:30 AM4083 km2537 miles2205 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico CityFri 2:30 PM4087 km2539 miles2207 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloFri 1:30 PM4321 km2685 miles2333 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaFri 2:30 PM4481 km2784 miles2420 nmEast-northeast ENE
San SalvadorFri 2:30 PM4555 km2830 miles2460 nmEast-northeast ENE
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