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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 Friday, March 21, 2014 at 15:56:00 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 Friday, March 21, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' North, Longitude: 57° 13' 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' 11.2"1037.75 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.75 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.1"5.17 miwest0° 23' 40.8"27.12 minorth27.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 21, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 30' South, Longitude: 179° 30' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.47 meters/second, 1535.3 km/hour, 954.0 miles/hour or 829.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.3"15.90 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 misouth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 27' 19.9"953.71 miwest0° 04' 22.2"5.01 misouth953.54 mi
24 hours13° 16' 53.9"876.30 mieast1° 15' 42.2"86.78 misouth877.49 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SantarémFri 12:56 PM416 km259 miles225 nmSoutheast SE
Boa VistaFri 11:56 AM476 km296 miles257 nmNorthwest NW
ManausFri 11:56 AM497 km309 miles268 nmSouthwest SW
Nieuw NickerieFri 12:56 PM615 km382 miles332 nmNorth N
LindenFri 11:56 AM635 km395 miles343 nmNorth N
ParamariboFri 12:56 PM643 km400 miles347 nmNorth-northeast NNE
New AmsterdamFri 11:56 AM650 km404 miles351 nmNorth N
Saint-Laurent-du-MaroniFri 12:56 PM668 km415 miles361 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GeorgetownFri 11:56 AM719 km447 miles388 nmNorth N
CayenneFri 12:56 PM741 km460 miles400 nmNortheast NE
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