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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 28, 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 Friday, March 28, 2014 at 06:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 59' North, Longitude: 81° 17' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.31 meters/second, 1667.9 km/hour, 1036.4 miles/hour or 900.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.3"1036.38 miwest0° 00' 58.5"1.12 minorth1036.37 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.3"5.19 miwest0° 23' 24.8"26.81 minorth27.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 06:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 05' South, Longitude: 48° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.71 meters/second, 1601.0 km/hour, 994.8 miles/hour or 864.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.58 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.21 minorth16.58 mi
1 hour14° 27' 41.3"994.69 miwest0° 11' 16.2"12.91 minorth994.95 mi
24 hours12° 48' 51.0"881.39 mieast4° 37' 25.2"317.70 minorth939.56 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 KotteFri 12:10 PM458 km285 miles247 nmNorth-northwest NNW
ColomboFri 12:10 PM463 km288 miles250 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KandyFri 12:10 PM482 km300 miles261 nmNorth N
KalmunaiFri 12:10 PM495 km307 miles267 nmNorth N
TrincomaleeFri 12:10 PM619 km384 miles334 nmNorth N
ThiruvananthapuramFri 12:10 PM777 km483 miles420 nmNorthwest NW
MaduraiFri 12:10 PM844 km524 miles455 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MaleFri 11:40 AM874 km543 miles472 nmWest W
Addu CityFri 11:40 AM994 km617 miles537 nmWest-southwest WSW
KulhudhuffushiFri 11:40 AM997 km619 miles538 nmWest-northwest WNW
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