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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 24, 2014 at 00:20:00 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 24, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 46' North, Longitude: 174° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 452.49 meters/second, 1629.0 km/hour, 1012.2 miles/hour or 879.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.87 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 minorth16.87 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.7"1012.05 miwest0° 00' 49.6"0.95 minorth1012.03 mi
24 hours0° 02' 39.9"3.00 miwest0° 19' 43.3"22.60 minorth22.79 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 00:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 25' South, Longitude: 109° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.71 meters/second, 1593.7 km/hour, 990.3 miles/hour or 860.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.1"16.50 miwest0° 00' 10.3"0.20 minorth16.51 mi
1 hour14° 28' 14.2"990.19 miwest0° 10' 24.3"11.92 minorth990.49 mi
24 hours12° 34' 10.2"860.12 mieast4° 20' 31.7"298.37 minorth914.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MajuroThu 12:20 PM722 km449 miles390 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandThu 12:20 PM1112 km691 miles600 nmNorthwest NW
TarawaThu 12:20 PM1267 km787 miles684 nmSouth S
YarenThu 12:20 PM1696 km1054 miles916 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandWed 12:20 PM1707 km1060 miles921 nmSoutheast SE
MidwayWed 1:20 PM1904 km1183 miles1028 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PalikirThu 11:20 AM1910 km1187 miles1031 nmWest-southwest WSW
FunafutiThu 12:20 PM2410 km1497 miles1301 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FakaofoThu 1:20 PM2909 km1807 miles1571 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HoniaraThu 11:20 AM2939 km1826 miles1587 nmSouthwest SW
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