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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 22:56:00 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 22:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 01' North, Longitude: 164° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 438.66 meters/second, 1579.2 km/hour, 981.3 miles/hour or 852.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.35 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth16.35 mi
1 hour14° 59' 59.3"980.96 miwest0° 00' 34.8"0.67 minorth980.93 mi
24 hours0° 00' 18.2"0.33 mieast0° 13' 47.1"15.80 minorth15.81 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 22:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 31' South, Longitude: 31° 26' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.92 meters/second, 1522.5 km/hour, 946.0 miles/hour or 822.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.77 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth15.77 mi
1 hour14° 25' 03.7"945.76 miwest0° 02' 36.9"3.00 misouth945.64 mi
24 hours14° 06' 48.1"925.81 mieast0° 28' 20.7"32.49 misouth925.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluThu 12:56 PM780 km484 miles421 nmEast-northeast ENE
MidwayThu 11:56 AM1627 km1011 miles879 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiFri 12:56 PM2069 km1286 miles1117 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandThu 10:56 AM2436 km1514 miles1315 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MajuroFri 10:56 AM2899 km1801 miles1565 nmWest-southwest WSW
Wake IslandFri 10:56 AM2989 km1857 miles1614 nmWest W
TarawaFri 10:56 AM3098 km1925 miles1673 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoFri 11:56 AM3215 km1998 miles1736 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FunafutiFri 10:56 AM3509 km2180 miles1895 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ApiaFri 11:56 AM3711 km2306 miles2004 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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