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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, May 15, 2014 at 15:56:00 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, May 15, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 57' North, Longitude: 59° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.84 meters/second, 1579.8 km/hour, 981.7 miles/hour or 853.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.36 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.36 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.4"981.36 miwest0° 00' 35.0"0.67 minorth981.33 mi
24 hours0° 00' 15.8"0.29 mieast0° 13' 52.6"15.91 minorth15.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 15:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 09' South, Longitude: 132° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.95 meters/second, 1526.2 km/hour, 948.3 miles/hour or 824.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.4"15.81 miwest0° 00' 03.4"0.07 misouth15.81 mi
1 hour14° 25' 22.1"948.07 miwest0° 03' 26.7"3.95 misouth947.92 mi
24 hours14° 01' 48.9"922.28 mieast0° 49' 16.2"56.48 misouth921.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Codrington (Barbuda)Thu 11:56 AM249 km155 miles135 nmSouthwest SW
Saint John's (Antigua)Thu 11:56 AM289 km179 miles156 nmSouthwest SW
GustaviaThu 11:56 AM332 km206 miles179 nmWest-southwest WSW
BradesThu 11:56 AM343 km213 miles185 nmSouthwest SW
The ValleyThu 11:56 AM343 km213 miles185 nmWest-southwest WSW
Pointe-à-PitreThu 11:56 AM346 km215 miles187 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Basseterre (St. Kitts)Thu 11:56 AM349 km217 miles188 nmWest-southwest WSW
MarigotThu 11:56 AM349 km217 miles189 nmWest-southwest WSW
Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe)Thu 11:56 AM380 km236 miles205 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RoseauThu 11:56 AM433 km269 miles234 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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