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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 23:40:00 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 23:40:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 05' North, Longitude: 175° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 451.91 meters/second, 1626.9 km/hour, 1010.9 miles/hour or 878.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.85 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.02 minorth16.85 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.5"1010.75 miwest0° 00' 49.0"0.94 minorth1010.73 mi
24 hours0° 02' 32.5"2.86 miwest0° 19' 30.8"22.36 minorth22.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 23:40:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 12' South, Longitude: 132° 00' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.64 meters/second, 1607.9 km/hour, 999.1 miles/hour or 868.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.8"16.65 miwest0° 00' 11.1"0.21 minorth16.65 mi
1 hour14° 28' 53.0"999.01 miwest0° 11' 12.9"12.84 minorth999.21 mi
24 hours12° 21' 48.1"852.90 mieast4° 32' 33.1"312.11 minorth909.70 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Baker IslandThu 11:40 AM1430 km889 miles772 nmSouth S
MajuroFri 11:40 AM1600 km994 miles864 nmWest-southwest WSW
MidwayThu 12:40 PM1686 km1048 miles910 nmNorth N
TarawaFri 11:40 AM1811 km1125 miles978 nmSouthwest SW
Wake IslandFri 11:40 AM2028 km1260 miles1095 nmWest-northwest WNW
HonoluluThu 1:40 PM2082 km1294 miles1124 nmEast-northeast ENE
KiritimatiFri 1:40 PM2354 km1462 miles1271 nmEast-southeast ESE
YarenFri 11:40 AM2458 km1528 miles1327 nmSouthwest SW
FunafutiFri 11:40 AM2460 km1529 miles1328 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoFri 12:40 PM2527 km1570 miles1365 nmSouth S
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