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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 23:38:00 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 23:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 26' North, Longitude: 174° 08' 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' 01.5"0.03 minorth951.95 mi
24 hours0° 03' 16.4"3.46 mieast0° 00' 23.8"0.46 minorth3.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 23:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 29' North, Longitude: 97° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.91 meters/second, 1612.5 km/hour, 1001.9 miles/hour or 870.7 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' 11.0"0.21 minorth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 29' 51.2"1001.86 miwest0° 11' 06.6"12.72 minorth1001.87 mi
24 hours11° 59' 15.8"828.42 mieast4° 18' 00.2"295.47 minorth877.53 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayThu 12:38 PM622 km386 miles336 nmNorth-northwest NNW
HonoluluThu 1:38 PM1692 km1051 miles914 nmEast E
Wake IslandFri 11:38 AM2044 km1270 miles1103 nmWest W
MajuroFri 11:38 AM2388 km1484 miles1290 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandThu 11:38 AM2583 km1605 miles1395 nmSouth S
TarawaFri 11:38 AM2803 km1742 miles1514 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiFri 1:38 PM2996 km1862 miles1618 nmSoutheast SE
Adak *Thu 2:38 PM3164 km1966 miles1708 nmNorth N
YarenFri 11:38 AM3351 km2082 miles1810 nmSouthwest SW
Unalaska *Thu 3:38 PM3434 km2134 miles1854 nmNorth N
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