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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 21:56:00 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 21:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 05' North, Longitude: 147° 09' 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 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.2"5.15 miwest0° 23' 41.7"27.13 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 21:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 55' South, Longitude: 80° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.49 meters/second, 1549.8 km/hour, 963.0 miles/hour or 836.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.2"16.05 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 misouth16.05 mi
1 hour14° 28' 18.2"962.72 miwest0° 06' 03.0"6.93 misouth962.51 mi
24 hours12° 55' 41.8"860.08 mieast1° 59' 42.9"137.21 misouth866.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiFri 11:56 AM1150 km714 miles621 nmWest W
PapeeteThu 11:56 AM1966 km1222 miles1062 nmSouth S
HonoluluThu 11:56 AM2621 km1628 miles1415 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaThu 11:56 AM2728 km1695 miles1473 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoFri 10:56 AM2865 km1781 miles1547 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Fri 11:56 AM3119 km1938 miles1684 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandThu 9:56 AM3264 km2028 miles1762 nmWest W
AlofiThu 10:56 AM3265 km2029 miles1763 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownThu 1:56 PM3334 km2072 miles1800 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NukualofaFri 10:56 AM3848 km2391 miles2078 nmSouthwest SW
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