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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, September 24, 2014 at 02:28:00 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 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 02:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' South, Longitude: 141° 03' 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' 12.9"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.12 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 11.9"5.99 miwest0° 23' 22.2"26.76 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 02:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 21' South, Longitude: 138° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 450.16 meters/second, 1620.6 km/hour, 1007.0 miles/hour or 875.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 33.6"16.78 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.78 mi
1 hour14° 33' 38.4"1006.90 miwest0° 09' 38.2"11.04 misouth1006.92 mi
24 hours10° 38' 54.5"736.36 mieast3° 49' 28.3"262.78 misouth780.79 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JayapuraWed 11:28 AM241 km149 miles130 nmSouth S
ManokwariWed 11:28 AM780 km484 miles421 nmWest W
LaeWed 12:28 PM963 km598 miles520 nmSoutheast SE
MelekeokWed 11:28 AM1127 km700 miles609 nmNorthwest NW
Port MoresbyWed 12:28 PM1211 km752 miles654 nmSoutheast SE
HagåtñaWed 12:28 PM1587 km986 miles857 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DarwinWed 11:58 AM1747 km1086 miles943 nmSouthwest SW
ManadoWed 10:28 AM1816 km1129 miles981 nmWest W
CairnsWed 12:28 PM1900 km1181 miles1026 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DavaoWed 10:28 AM1903 km1182 miles1027 nmWest-northwest WNW
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