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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 Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:56:00 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 Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 05' South, Longitude: 2° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 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"1037.77 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.7"5.14 miwest0° 23' 41.9"27.14 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 50' South, Longitude: 134° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.01 meters/second, 1558.8 km/hour, 968.6 miles/hour or 841.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.8"16.14 miwest0° 00' 06.8"0.13 misouth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 28' 52.3"968.37 miwest0° 06' 52.0"7.87 misouth968.15 mi
24 hours12° 42' 37.1"849.99 mieast2° 21' 37.4"162.30 misouth860.55 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméThu 11:56 AM432 km268 miles233 nmEast E
Santo António (Príncipe)Thu 11:56 AM541 km336 miles292 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port-GentilThu 12:56 PM662 km411 miles357 nmEast E
AccraThu 11:56 AM710 km441 miles383 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeThu 11:56 AM711 km442 miles384 nmNorth-northwest NNW
CotonouThu 12:56 PM715 km444 miles386 nmNorth N
LagosThu 12:56 PM725 km450 miles391 nmNorth N
Porto NovoThu 12:56 PM727 km452 miles393 nmNorth N
LibrevilleThu 12:56 PM735 km456 miles397 nmEast E
Benin CityThu 12:56 PM773 km480 miles417 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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