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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, June 19, 2014 at 20:38:00 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, June 19, 2014 at 20:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' North, Longitude: 129° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.76 meters/second, 1532.7 km/hour, 952.4 miles/hour or 827.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"15.87 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 59' 51.8"951.96 miwest0° 00' 01.6"0.03 minorth951.96 mi
24 hours0° 03' 16.4"3.46 mieast0° 00' 27.0"0.52 minorth3.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 20:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 56' North, Longitude: 141° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.04 meters/second, 1612.9 km/hour, 1002.2 miles/hour or 870.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.7"16.70 miwest0° 00' 11.1"0.21 minorth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 29' 47.3"1002.16 miwest0° 11' 10.7"12.80 minorth1002.19 mi
24 hours12° 00' 16.2"829.89 mieast4° 20' 23.3"298.20 minorth880.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Tijuana *Thu 1:38 PM1560 km970 miles843 nmNortheast NE
San Diego *Thu 1:38 PM1563 km971 miles844 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Thu 1:38 PM1584 km985 miles856 nmNortheast NE
Mexicali *Thu 1:38 PM1687 km1048 miles911 nmNortheast NE
San Jose (USA) *Thu 1:38 PM1691 km1051 miles913 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San Francisco *Thu 1:38 PM1714 km1065 miles925 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Oakland *Thu 1:38 PM1723 km1071 miles930 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Sacramento *Thu 1:38 PM1830 km1137 miles988 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HermosilloThu 1:38 PM1918 km1192 miles1035 nmEast-northeast ENE
Las Vegas *Thu 1:38 PM1948 km1210 miles1052 nmNortheast NE
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