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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 Friday, September 23, 2011 at 09:04:00 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 Friday, September 23, 2011 at 09:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 00' North, Longitude: 42° 08' East

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' 14.4"6.04 miwest0° 23' 21.8"26.76 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 23, 2011 at 09:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 42' North, Longitude: 12° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.92 meters/second, 1551.3 km/hour, 963.9 miles/hour or 837.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.2"16.06 miwest0° 00' 10.0"0.19 misouth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 28' 15.6"963.69 miwest0° 10' 02.1"11.50 misouth964.16 mi
24 hours12° 40' 17.4"843.90 mieast4° 27' 19.4"306.29 misouth905.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KismayoFri 12:04 PM61 km38 miles33 nmSoutheast SE
GarissaFri 12:04 PM282 km175 miles152 nmWest W
MogadishuFri 12:04 PM422 km262 miles228 nmEast-northeast ENE
MombasaFri 12:04 PM525 km326 miles284 nmSouth-southwest SSW
NairobiFri 12:04 PM608 km378 miles329 nmWest-southwest WSW
NakuruFri 12:04 PM675 km420 miles365 nmWest W
Zanzibar CityFri 12:04 PM756 km470 miles408 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Dar es SalaamFri 12:04 PM818 km508 miles441 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AwasaFri 12:04 PM879 km546 miles475 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MbaleFri 12:04 PM893 km555 miles482 nmWest W
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