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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 06:40:00 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 06:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 35' North, Longitude: 81° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.46 meters/second, 1668.4 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 minorth1036.71 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 06:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 21' South, Longitude: 35° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 439.61 meters/second, 1582.6 km/hour, 983.4 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' 59.6"983.24 miwest0° 10' 02.7"11.51 minorth983.57 mi
24 hours13° 03' 56.6"889.07 mieast4° 16' 38.6"293.95 minorth941.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteThu 12:10 PM502 km312 miles271 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ColomboThu 12:10 PM507 km315 miles274 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KandyThu 12:10 PM526 km327 miles284 nmNorth N
KalmunaiThu 12:10 PM537 km334 miles290 nmNorth N
TrincomaleeThu 12:10 PM662 km411 miles357 nmNorth N
ThiruvananthapuramThu 12:10 PM817 km507 miles441 nmNorthwest NW
MaduraiThu 12:10 PM886 km551 miles479 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaleThu 11:40 AM890 km553 miles481 nmWest-northwest WNW
Addu CityThu 11:40 AM985 km612 miles532 nmWest-southwest WSW
KulhudhuffushiThu 11:40 AM1023 km635 miles552 nmWest-northwest WNW
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