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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 10:56:00 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 10:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 32' North, Longitude: 15° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.14 meters/second, 1642.1 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"1020.26 miwest0° 00' 52.7"1.01 minorth1020.24 mi
24 hours0° 03' 24.2"3.86 miwest0° 20' 59.2"24.04 minorth24.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 31' South, Longitude: 137° 27' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.64 meters/second, 1543.1 km/hour, 958.8 miles/hour or 833.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.2"15.98 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 27' 15.2"958.58 miwest0° 05' 32.2"6.35 misouth958.37 mi
24 hours13° 19' 37.2"883.85 mieast1° 44' 47.9"120.12 misouth887.88 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MarouaThu 11:56 AM172 km107 miles93 nmWest W
NdjamenaThu 11:56 AM197 km123 miles107 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MoundouThu 11:56 AM218 km135 miles118 nmSouth S
GarouaThu 11:56 AM306 km190 miles165 nmWest-southwest WSW
SarhThu 11:56 AM313 km194 miles169 nmEast-southeast ESE
MaiduguriThu 11:56 AM333 km207 miles180 nmWest-northwest WNW
MoussoroThu 11:56 AM350 km218 miles189 nmNorth N
MongoThu 11:56 AM356 km221 miles192 nmEast-northeast ENE
NgaoundéréThu 11:56 AM438 km272 miles236 nmSouthwest SW
BozoumThu 11:56 AM469 km291 miles253 nmSouth S
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