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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 22:56:00 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 22:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 41' South, Longitude: 162° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.89 meters/second, 1670.0 km/hour, 1037.7 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' 10.9"1037.70 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.70 mi
24 hours0° 04' 24.9"5.09 miwest0° 23' 42.8"27.16 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 49' South, Longitude: 42° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.34 meters/second, 1592.4 km/hour, 989.5 miles/hour or 859.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.49 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.3"989.33 miwest0° 09' 05.8"10.42 misouth989.16 mi
24 hours11° 52' 46.5"809.72 mieast3° 24' 26.5"234.21 misouth838.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiWed 12:56 PM593 km368 miles320 nmEast-northeast ENE
RawakiWed 11:56 AM1024 km636 miles553 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoWed 11:56 AM1401 km871 miles757 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandTue 10:56 AM1613 km1002 miles871 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 12:56 PM1808 km1123 miles976 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiTue 11:56 AM2207 km1371 miles1191 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiWed 10:56 AM2254 km1400 miles1217 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaTue 12:56 PM2285 km1420 miles1234 nmSouth S
PapeeteTue 12:56 PM2308 km1434 miles1246 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluTue 12:56 PM2476 km1538 miles1337 nmNorth N
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