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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, April 17, 2014 at 09:56:00 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 Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 09:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 31' North, Longitude: 30° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.16 meters/second, 1642.2 km/hour, 1020.4 miles/hour or 886.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.01 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.01 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.6"1020.31 miwest0° 00' 52.7"1.01 minorth1020.29 mi
24 hours0° 03' 24.4"3.86 miwest0° 20' 59.8"24.05 minorth24.36 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 09:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 26' South, Longitude: 122° 60' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.87 meters/second, 1543.9 km/hour, 959.4 miles/hour or 833.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"15.99 miwest0° 00' 05.6"0.11 misouth15.99 mi
1 hour14° 27' 18.5"959.10 miwest0° 05' 37.9"6.45 misouth958.89 mi
24 hours13° 18' 29.1"883.02 mieast1° 47' 17.8"122.98 misouth887.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MalakalThu 12:56 PM138 km86 miles74 nmSoutheast SE
Al-UbayyidThu 12:56 PM305 km189 miles164 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KostiThu 12:56 PM350 km218 miles189 nmNorth-northeast NNE
WauThu 12:56 PM447 km278 miles241 nmSouthwest SW
KhartoumThu 12:56 PM590 km367 miles319 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JubaThu 12:56 PM631 km392 miles341 nmSouth S
NekemteThu 12:56 PM639 km397 miles345 nmEast-southeast ESE
Al-FashirThu 12:56 PM695 km432 miles375 nmWest-northwest WNW
YambioThu 12:56 PM713 km443 miles385 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Bahir DarThu 12:56 PM718 km446 miles388 nmEast E
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