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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, July 17, 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 Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 18:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 06' North, Longitude: 97° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.87 meters/second, 1558.3 km/hour, 968.3 miles/hour or 841.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"16.14 miwest0° 00' 00.4"0.01 misouth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 59' 57.0"967.95 miwest0° 00' 25.9"0.50 misouth967.98 mi
24 hours0° 01' 08.3"1.23 mieast0° 10' 32.0"12.08 misouth12.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 18:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 35' North, Longitude: 152° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.62 meters/second, 1607.8 km/hour, 999.1 miles/hour or 868.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.3"16.65 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 minorth16.65 mi
1 hour14° 29' 18.6"998.99 miwest0° 10' 58.0"12.56 minorth998.94 mi
24 hours12° 11' 15.7"840.35 mieast4° 10' 22.4"286.75 minorth884.91 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Tizayuca *Thu 1:38 PM177 km110 miles95 nmSouthwest SW
Mexico City *Thu 1:38 PM224 km139 miles121 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Puebla *Thu 1:38 PM229 km142 miles124 nmSouth S
Querétaro *Thu 1:38 PM261 km162 miles141 nmWest-southwest WSW
Cuernavaca *Thu 1:38 PM276 km171 miles149 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Veracruz *Thu 1:38 PM283 km176 miles153 nmSoutheast SE
San Luis Potosi *Thu 1:38 PM334 km208 miles180 nmWest-northwest WNW
Leon *Thu 1:38 PM390 km242 miles210 nmWest W
Aguascalientes *Thu 1:38 PM458 km285 miles247 nmWest W
Oaxaca *Thu 1:38 PM466 km289 miles251 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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