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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 13:40:00 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 13:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 06' North, Longitude: 23° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.26 meters/second, 1667.7 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"1036.27 miwest0° 00' 58.5"1.12 minorth1036.26 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.0"5.18 miwest0° 23' 23.7"26.79 minorth27.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, March 28, 2014 at 13:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 45' South, Longitude: 52° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.77 meters/second, 1604.8 km/hour, 997.2 miles/hour or 866.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.9"16.62 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.62 mi
1 hour14° 27' 51.9"997.08 miwest0° 11' 29.2"13.15 minorth997.30 mi
24 hours12° 45' 14.6"879.18 mieast4° 40' 01.8"320.68 minorth937.72 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FreetownFri 1:40 PM1306 km812 miles705 nmEast-northeast ENE
PraiaFri 12:40 PM1308 km813 miles706 nmNorth N
ConakryFri 1:40 PM1316 km818 miles711 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauFri 1:40 PM1322 km821 miles714 nmNortheast NE
BanjulFri 1:40 PM1390 km864 miles751 nmNortheast NE
DakarFri 1:40 PM1456 km904 miles786 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaFri 1:40 PM1478 km918 miles798 nmEast-northeast ENE
RecifeFri 10:40 AM1751 km1088 miles945 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaFri 10:40 AM1817 km1129 miles981 nmWest-southwest WSW
NouakchottFri 1:40 PM1862 km1157 miles1005 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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