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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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 22:56:00 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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 21' North, Longitude: 164° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.40 meters/second, 1643.0 km/hour, 1020.9 miles/hour or 887.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.02 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.02 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.8"1020.84 miwest0° 00' 52.9"1.01 minorth1020.82 mi
24 hours0° 03' 27.2"3.92 miwest0° 21' 04.6"24.14 minorth24.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 18' South, Longitude: 36° 04' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.59 meters/second, 1553.7 km/hour, 965.4 miles/hour or 838.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.9"16.09 miwest0° 00' 06.6"0.13 misouth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 27' 56.1"965.20 miwest0° 06' 36.8"7.58 misouth964.97 mi
24 hours13° 04' 59.5"872.99 mieast2° 13' 31.0"153.02 misouth881.51 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiThu 12:56 PM1199 km745 miles647 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluWed 12:56 PM1383 km859 miles747 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Baker IslandWed 10:56 AM1774 km1103 miles958 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoThu 11:56 AM2321 km1442 miles1253 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MidwayWed 11:56 AM2417 km1502 miles1305 nmNorth-northwest NNW
TarawaThu 10:56 AM2722 km1691 miles1470 nmWest-southwest WSW
MajuroThu 10:56 AM2743 km1704 miles1481 nmWest W
FunafutiThu 10:56 AM2790 km1734 miles1506 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaThu 11:56 AM2807 km1744 miles1516 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandThu 10:56 AM3297 km2049 miles1780 nmWest-northwest WNW
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