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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 18:30:00 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 18:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 47' North, Longitude: 96° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.39 meters/second, 1668.2 km/hour, 1036.6 miles/hour or 900.7 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"1036.56 miwest0° 00' 58.7"1.12 minorth1036.55 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.6"5.19 miwest0° 23' 26.6"26.85 minorth27.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 18:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 19' South, Longitude: 135° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.37 meters/second, 1592.5 km/hour, 989.5 miles/hour or 859.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"16.49 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 minorth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 27' 20.9"989.43 miwest0° 10' 44.5"12.30 minorth989.73 mi
24 hours12° 56' 02.1"885.28 mieast4° 29' 09.2"308.25 minorth941.32 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:30 PM837 km520 miles452 nmEast-southeast ESE
San SalvadorThu 12:30 PM1431 km889 miles773 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santa AnaThu 12:30 PM1438 km893 miles776 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaThu 12:30 PM1448 km900 miles782 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaThu 12:30 PM1506 km936 miles813 nmNortheast NE
San JoseThu 12:30 PM1553 km965 miles839 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaThu 12:30 PM1590 km988 miles859 nmNortheast NE
AcapulcoThu 12:30 PM1610 km1000 miles869 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BelmopanThu 12:30 PM1793 km1114 miles968 nmNorth-northeast NNE
VeracruzThu 12:30 PM1814 km1127 miles980 nmNorth N
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