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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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 13:18:00 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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 13:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 11' South, Longitude: 21° 24' 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' 13.1"6.02 miwest0° 23' 22.0"26.76 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 13:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 46' North, Longitude: 29° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 450.34 meters/second, 1621.2 km/hour, 1007.4 miles/hour or 875.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.8"16.79 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.79 mi
1 hour14° 33' 50.4"1007.31 miwest0° 09' 35.8"10.99 misouth1007.39 mi
24 hours10° 32' 11.7"728.76 mieast3° 50' 55.7"264.45 misouth775.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FreetownTue 1:18 PM1319 km819 miles712 nmNortheast NE
ConakryTue 1:18 PM1369 km851 miles739 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaTue 1:18 PM1379 km857 miles745 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauTue 1:18 PM1478 km919 miles798 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BanjulTue 1:18 PM1598 km993 miles863 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PraiaTue 12:18 PM1686 km1047 miles910 nmNorth N
DakarTue 1:18 PM1699 km1056 miles918 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RecifeTue 10:18 AM1733 km1077 miles936 nmWest-southwest WSW
YamoussoukroTue 1:18 PM1951 km1212 miles1053 nmEast-northeast ENE
FortalezaTue 10:18 AM1952 km1213 miles1054 nmWest-southwest WSW
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