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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 23:56:00 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 23:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 07' North, Longitude: 177° 10' 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' 11.2"1037.77 miwest0° 00' 59.2"1.13 minorth1037.77 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.4"5.16 miwest0° 23' 41.5"27.13 minorth27.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 23:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 07' South, Longitude: 51° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.00 meters/second, 1548.0 km/hour, 961.9 miles/hour or 835.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"16.03 miwest0° 00' 05.9"0.11 misouth16.03 mi
1 hour14° 28' 11.5"961.64 miwest0° 05' 52.7"6.74 misouth961.42 mi
24 hours12° 58' 13.4"862.02 mieast1° 55' 06.2"131.92 misouth867.77 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Baker IslandThu 11:56 AM77 km48 miles41 nmEast E
Howland IslandThu 11:56 AM98 km61 miles53 nmNortheast NE
RawakiFri 12:56 PM834 km518 miles450 nmEast-southeast ESE
FunafutiFri 11:56 AM1036 km643 miles559 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaFri 11:56 AM1104 km686 miles596 nmWest W
FakaofoFri 12:56 PM1238 km769 miles668 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroFri 11:56 AM1508 km937 miles814 nmWest-northwest WNW
Apia *Fri 1:56 PM1653 km1027 miles893 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenFri 11:56 AM1774 km1102 miles958 nmWest W
SuvaFri 11:56 AM2076 km1290 miles1121 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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