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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 23:30:00 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 23:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 42' South, Longitude: 169° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.73 meters/second, 1655.0 km/hour, 1028.4 miles/hour or 893.6 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"1028.34 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 minorth1028.36 mi
24 hours0° 02' 53.8"3.31 miwest0° 22' 49.5"26.14 minorth26.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 23:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 41' South, Longitude: 175° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.62 meters/second, 1600.6 km/hour, 994.6 miles/hour or 864.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.8"16.58 miwest0° 00' 11.6"0.22 minorth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 26' 54.3"994.50 miwest0° 11' 43.6"13.43 minorth994.76 mi
24 hours13° 03' 53.6"899.27 mieast4° 46' 28.8"328.07 minorth959.77 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FakaofoSat 12:30 PM274 km170 miles148 nmSouthwest SW
RawakiSat 12:30 PM464 km289 miles251 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Apia *Sat 1:30 PM726 km451 miles392 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sat 1:30 PM736 km457 miles397 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Pago PagoFri 12:30 PM740 km460 miles399 nmSouth S
Baker IslandFri 11:30 AM1176 km731 miles635 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiFri 12:30 PM1256 km781 miles678 nmSouth S
FunafutiSat 11:30 AM1259 km782 miles680 nmWest W
NukualofaSat 12:30 PM1612 km1002 miles870 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiSat 1:30 PM1707 km1060 miles921 nmNortheast NE
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