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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 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 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 18' South, Longitude: 162° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.92 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.8 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"1037.76 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.76 mi
24 hours0° 04' 26.8"5.13 miwest0° 23' 42.3"27.15 minorth27.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 14' South, Longitude: 53° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.39 meters/second, 1571.0 km/hour, 976.2 miles/hour or 848.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.5"16.27 miwest0° 00' 07.7"0.15 misouth16.27 mi
1 hour14° 29' 36.9"975.97 miwest0° 07' 47.7"8.93 misouth975.75 mi
24 hours12° 24' 58.3"836.12 mieast2° 47' 04.3"191.44 misouth852.78 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:56 PM581 km361 miles313 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoThu 11:56 AM1426 km886 miles770 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandWed 10:56 AM1603 km996 miles866 nmWest W
Apia *Thu 12:56 PM1839 km1142 miles993 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiWed 11:56 AM2244 km1394 miles1212 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiThu 10:56 AM2264 km1407 miles1222 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaWed 12:56 PM2330 km1448 miles1258 nmSouth S
PapeeteWed 12:56 PM2349 km1459 miles1268 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluWed 12:56 PM2434 km1513 miles1314 nmNorth N
NukualofaThu 11:56 AM2710 km1684 miles1464 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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