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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 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 16:56:00 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 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 16:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 24' South, Longitude: 72° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.92 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.7 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.0"1037.75 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 26.3"5.12 miwest0° 23' 42.5"27.15 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 16:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 25' South, Longitude: 140° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.95 meters/second, 1576.6 km/hour, 979.7 miles/hour or 851.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.9"16.33 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 29' 57.1"979.46 miwest0° 08' 10.3"9.36 misouth979.25 mi
24 hours12° 16' 46.2"829.54 mieast2° 57' 36.1"203.49 misouth849.20 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MitúWed 11:56 AM274 km170 miles148 nmNortheast NE
FlorenciaWed 11:56 AM452 km281 miles244 nmWest-northwest WNW
VillavicencioWed 11:56 AM532 km331 miles287 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BogotaWed 11:56 AM599 km372 miles324 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CaliWed 11:56 AM647 km402 miles350 nmNorthwest NW
QuitoWed 11:56 AM716 km445 miles387 nmWest W
Puerto AyacuchoWed 12:26 PM832 km517 miles449 nmNortheast NE
MedellinWed 11:56 AM833 km518 miles450 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LojaWed 11:56 AM888 km552 miles480 nmWest-southwest WSW
GuayaquilWed 11:56 AM895 km556 miles483 nmWest-southwest WSW
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