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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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 18:38:00 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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 18:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 17' North, Longitude: 97° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.38 meters/second, 1556.6 km/hour, 967.2 miles/hour or 840.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.12 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.12 mi
1 hour14° 59' 56.6"966.84 miwest0° 00' 25.0"0.48 misouth966.86 mi
24 hours0° 01' 16.0"1.36 mieast0° 10' 10.5"11.67 misouth11.75 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 18:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 02' North, Longitude: 139° 50' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.66 meters/second, 1611.6 km/hour, 1001.4 miles/hour or 870.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.4"16.69 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 minorth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 28' 33.7"1001.32 miwest0° 11' 37.6"13.31 minorth1001.40 mi
24 hours12° 25' 11.3"859.09 mieast4° 32' 39.3"312.23 minorth913.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Tizayuca *Wed 1:38 PM191 km118 miles103 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Mexico City *Wed 1:38 PM238 km148 miles129 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Puebla *Wed 1:38 PM247 km154 miles134 nmSouth S
Querétaro *Wed 1:38 PM264 km164 miles142 nmWest-southwest WSW
Cuernavaca *Wed 1:38 PM291 km181 miles157 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Veracruz *Wed 1:38 PM299 km186 miles161 nmSoutheast SE
San Luis Potosi *Wed 1:38 PM326 km202 miles176 nmWest-northwest WNW
Leon *Wed 1:38 PM387 km241 miles209 nmWest W
Aguascalientes *Wed 1:38 PM453 km281 miles245 nmWest W
Oaxaca *Wed 1:38 PM484 km301 miles261 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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