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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 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 Friday, March 21, 2014 at 23:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 31' North, Longitude: 177° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.91 meters/second, 1670.1 km/hour, 1037.7 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"1037.74 miwest0° 00' 59.1"1.13 minorth1037.73 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.6"5.18 miwest0° 23' 40.3"27.11 minorth27.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 21, 2014 at 23:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 02' South, Longitude: 64° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.01 meters/second, 1530.0 km/hour, 950.7 miles/hour or 826.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"15.85 miwest0° 00' 03.5"0.07 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 26' 56.4"950.44 miwest0° 03' 32.5"4.06 misouth950.29 mi
24 hours13° 24' 55.2"882.48 mieast0° 54' 31.9"62.51 misouth882.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Howland IslandFri 11:56 AM77 km48 miles41 nmEast-northeast ENE
Baker IslandFri 11:56 AM92 km57 miles49 nmEast-southeast ESE
RawakiSat 12:56 PM864 km537 miles466 nmEast-southeast ESE
FunafutiSat 11:56 AM1073 km667 miles579 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TarawaSat 11:56 AM1091 km678 miles589 nmWest W
FakaofoSat 12:56 PM1279 km795 miles691 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroSat 11:56 AM1479 km919 miles798 nmWest-northwest WNW
Apia *Sat 1:56 PM1697 km1055 miles916 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenSat 11:56 AM1768 km1098 miles954 nmWest W
SuvaSat 11:56 AM2116 km1315 miles1143 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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