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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 21:56:00 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 21:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 42' North, Longitude: 149° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 455.90 meters/second, 1641.3 km/hour, 1019.8 miles/hour or 886.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.00 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 minorth17.00 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.5"1019.73 miwest0° 00' 52.5"1.00 minorth1019.70 mi
24 hours0° 03' 21.4"3.80 miwest0° 20' 54.5"23.95 minorth24.25 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 21:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 27' South, Longitude: 63° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.26 meters/second, 1534.5 km/hour, 953.5 miles/hour or 828.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.6"15.89 miwest0° 00' 04.5"0.09 misouth15.89 mi
1 hour14° 26' 41.4"953.25 miwest0° 04' 26.1"5.09 misouth953.07 mi
24 hours13° 30' 56.3"891.96 mieast1° 16' 12.5"87.35 misouth893.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiFri 11:56 AM1332 km828 miles719 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluThu 11:56 AM1500 km932 miles810 nmNorthwest NW
PapeeteThu 11:56 AM3122 km1940 miles1686 nmSouth S
Baker IslandThu 9:56 AM3241 km2014 miles1750 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoFri 10:56 AM3304 km2053 miles1784 nmSouthwest SW
MidwayThu 10:56 AM3528 km2192 miles1905 nmNorthwest NW
ApiaFri 10:56 AM3689 km2292 miles1992 nmSouthwest SW
RarotongaThu 11:56 AM3718 km2310 miles2008 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AlofiThu 10:56 AM4003 km2488 miles2162 nmSouthwest SW
San Francisco *Thu 2:56 PM4013 km2493 miles2167 nmNortheast NE
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