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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 27, 2014 at 06:30:00 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 27, 2014 at 06:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 35' North, Longitude: 83° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.46 meters/second, 1668.5 km/hour, 1036.7 miles/hour or 900.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.3"1036.72 miwest0° 00' 58.7"1.12 minorth1036.72 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.8"5.20 miwest0° 23' 28.4"26.88 minorth27.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 06:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 23' South, Longitude: 38° 00' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.57 meters/second, 1582.4 km/hour, 983.3 miles/hour or 854.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.0"16.39 miwest0° 00' 10.0"0.19 minorth16.39 mi
1 hour14° 26' 59.2"983.15 miwest0° 10' 02.1"11.49 minorth983.48 mi
24 hours13° 04' 03.7"889.13 mieast4° 16' 26.1"293.71 minorth941.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KalmunaiThu 12:00 Noon580 km361 miles313 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KandyThu 12:00 Noon632 km393 miles341 nmNorthwest NW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteThu 12:00 Noon646 km402 miles349 nmNorthwest NW
ColomboThu 12:00 Noon653 km406 miles352 nmNorthwest NW
ThiruvananthapuramThu 12:00 Noon1007 km626 miles544 nmNorthwest NW
MaduraiThu 12:00 Noon1030 km640 miles556 nmNorthwest NW
MaleThu 11:30 AM1164 km723 miles629 nmWest W
ChennaiThu 12:00 Noon1226 km762 miles662 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BengaluruThu 12:00 Noon1342 km834 miles725 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MedanThu 1:30 PM1650 km1025 miles891 nmEast E
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