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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 Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 18:30:00 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 Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 18:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 24' South, Longitude: 94° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.05 meters/second, 1656.2 km/hour, 1029.1 miles/hour or 894.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.15 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.15 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.3"1029.06 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 minorth1029.08 mi
24 hours0° 02' 59.7"3.43 miwest0° 22' 54.5"26.24 minorth26.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 18:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 55' South, Longitude: 90° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.93 meters/second, 1608.9 km/hour, 999.7 miles/hour or 868.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.5"16.66 miwest0° 00' 12.0"0.23 minorth16.66 mi
1 hour14° 27' 36.7"999.67 miwest0° 12' 01.4"13.77 minorth999.82 mi
24 hours12° 48' 39.1"885.65 mieast4° 46' 02.3"327.55 minorth944.47 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsSat 12:30 PM897 km557 miles484 nmNortheast NE
GuayaquilSat 1:30 PM1710 km1063 miles923 nmEast-northeast ENE
QuitoSat 1:30 PM1938 km1204 miles1046 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaSat 1:30 PM1976 km1228 miles1067 nmEast-southeast ESE
San JoseSat 12:30 PM2234 km1388 miles1206 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaSat 12:30 PM2344 km1456 miles1265 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San SalvadorSat 12:30 PM2404 km1494 miles1298 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaSat 1:30 PM2454 km1525 miles1325 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaSat 12:30 PM2473 km1536 miles1335 nmNorth N
TegucigalpaSat 12:30 PM2506 km1557 miles1353 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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