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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 14:56:00 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 14:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 02' South, Longitude: 42° 08' West

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 minorth1037.78 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.9"5.15 miwest0° 23' 41.8"27.14 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 14:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 10' South, Longitude: 177° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.24 meters/second, 1556.1 km/hour, 966.9 miles/hour or 840.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.6"16.11 miwest0° 00' 06.6"0.13 misouth16.11 mi
1 hour14° 28' 42.0"966.65 miwest0° 06' 37.8"7.60 misouth966.43 mi
24 hours12° 46' 36.4"853.08 mieast2° 15' 15.4"155.01 misouth862.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FortalezaThu 11:56 AM570 km354 miles308 nmSoutheast SE
BelémThu 11:56 AM724 km450 miles391 nmWest-southwest WSW
RecifeThu 11:56 AM1201 km747 miles649 nmSoutheast SE
CayenneThu 11:56 AM1260 km783 miles680 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorThu 11:56 AM1486 km923 miles802 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ParamariboThu 11:56 AM1586 km985 miles856 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaThu 11:56 AM1854 km1152 miles1001 nmSouth-southwest SSW
GeorgetownThu 10:56 AM1934 km1202 miles1044 nmWest-northwest WNW
ManausThu 10:56 AM2019 km1255 miles1090 nmWest W
BridgetownThu 10:56 AM2414 km1500 miles1304 nmNorthwest NW
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