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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 20:28:00 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 20:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 06' North, Longitude: 128° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.94 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' 13.0"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.5"6.04 miwest0° 23' 21.6"26.75 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 22, 2014 at 20:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 26' North, Longitude: 144° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.63 meters/second, 1618.7 km/hour, 1005.8 miles/hour or 874.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 34.0"16.76 miwest0° 00' 09.3"0.18 misouth16.76 mi
1 hour14° 33' 57.3"1005.73 miwest0° 09' 23.3"10.75 misouth1005.87 mi
24 hours10° 26' 52.3"721.40 mieast3° 48' 50.9"262.06 misouth768.37 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownMon 12:28 PM2787 km1732 miles1505 nmSouth S
PapeeteMon 10:28 AM2993 km1860 miles1616 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiTue 10:28 AM3177 km1974 miles1716 nmWest W
Easter Island *Mon 3:28 PM3661 km2275 miles1977 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HermosilloMon 1:28 PM3727 km2316 miles2012 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Mon 3:28 PM3883 km2413 miles2097 nmNortheast NE
Los Angeles *Mon 1:28 PM3918 km2434 miles2115 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HonoluluMon 10:28 AM3930 km2442 miles2122 nmNorthwest NW
PhoenixMon 1:28 PM4087 km2540 miles2207 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaMon 10:28 AM4108 km2552 miles2218 nmSouthwest SW
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