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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 11:40:00 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 11:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 04' North, Longitude: 6° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.27 meters/second, 1667.8 km/hour, 1036.3 miles/hour or 900.5 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"1036.30 miwest0° 00' 58.5"1.12 minorth1036.29 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.2"5.18 miwest0° 23' 24.0"26.80 minorth27.30 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 08' South, Longitude: 23° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.49 meters/second, 1603.8 km/hour, 996.5 miles/hour or 866.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.61 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 minorth16.61 mi
1 hour14° 27' 49.1"996.45 miwest0° 11' 25.9"13.09 minorth996.68 mi
24 hours12° 46' 13.9"879.81 mieast4° 39' 26.6"320.01 minorth938.30 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Santo António (Príncipe)Fri 11:40 AM202 km126 miles109 nmSoutheast SE
Port HarcourtFri 12:40 PM210 km131 miles113 nmNorth-northeast NNE
OwerriFri 12:40 PM281 km175 miles152 nmNorth-northeast NNE
UyoFri 12:40 PM285 km177 miles154 nmNortheast NE
MalaboFri 12:40 PM291 km181 miles157 nmEast-northeast ENE
São ToméFri 11:40 AM305 km190 miles165 nmSouth S
Benin CityFri 12:40 PM370 km230 miles200 nmNorth N
DoualaFri 12:40 PM396 km246 miles214 nmEast-northeast ENE
EnuguFri 12:40 PM399 km248 miles216 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BataFri 12:40 PM410 km255 miles221 nmEast-southeast ESE
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