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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 Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:56:00 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 Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 53' South, Longitude: 18° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.87 meters/second, 1669.9 km/hour, 1037.6 miles/hour or 901.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.29 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.29 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.8"1037.65 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.65 mi
24 hours0° 04' 23.7"5.07 miwest0° 23' 42.9"27.16 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 57' South, Longitude: 143° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.89 meters/second, 1601.6 km/hour, 995.2 miles/hour or 864.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"16.59 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.59 mi
1 hour14° 31' 28.7"995.04 miwest0° 09' 33.1"10.94 misouth994.91 mi
24 hours11° 37' 51.2"796.81 mieast3° 38' 21.3"250.12 misouth831.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MbandakaTue 11:56 AM108 km67 miles58 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ImpfondoTue 11:56 AM277 km172 miles150 nmNorth N
OuéssoTue 11:56 AM353 km219 miles191 nmNorthwest NW
BrazzavilleTue 11:56 AM482 km299 miles260 nmSouthwest SW
KinshasaTue 11:56 AM485 km301 miles262 nmSouthwest SW
FrancevilleTue 11:56 AM501 km311 miles270 nmWest W
BimboTue 11:56 AM570 km354 miles308 nmNorth N
BanguiTue 11:56 AM584 km363 miles315 nmNorth N
BerbératiTue 11:56 AM621 km386 miles335 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DolisieTue 11:56 AM698 km434 miles377 nmWest-southwest WSW
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