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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 Monday, September 22, 2014 at 02:18:00 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 Monday, September 22, 2014 at 02:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' North, Longitude: 143° 44' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 meters/second, 1670.2 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 15.8"6.07 miwest0° 23' 21.0"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 02:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 13' North, Longitude: 120° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.78 meters/second, 1612.0 km/hour, 1001.7 miles/hour or 870.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.8"16.69 miwest0° 00' 09.0"0.17 misouth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 33' 55.1"1001.58 miwest0° 08' 58.6"10.28 misouth1001.77 mi
24 hours10° 25' 11.9"716.54 mieast3° 41' 53.9"254.12 misouth762.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JayapuraMon 11:18 AM467 km290 miles252 nmSouthwest SW
LaeMon 12:18 PM867 km539 miles468 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ManokwariMon 11:18 AM1085 km674 miles586 nmWest W
Port MoresbyMon 12:18 PM1154 km717 miles623 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MelekeokMon 11:18 AM1280 km795 miles691 nmNorthwest NW
HagåtñaMon 12:18 PM1452 km902 miles784 nmNorth N
PalikirMon 1:18 PM1758 km1093 miles949 nmEast-northeast ENE
CairnsMon 12:18 PM1928 km1198 miles1041 nmSouth S
DarwinMon 11:48 AM2011 km1250 miles1086 nmSouthwest SW
HoniaraMon 1:18 PM2101 km1306 miles1135 nmEast-southeast ESE
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