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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, March 12, 2012 at 15:48:00 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, March 12, 2012 at 15:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 59' South, Longitude: 54° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.29 meters/second, 1667.9 km/hour, 1036.4 miles/hour or 900.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.1"1036.35 miwest0° 00' 59.0"1.13 minorth1036.36 mi
24 hours0° 04' 06.4"4.73 miwest0° 23' 38.9"27.08 minorth27.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, March 12, 2012 at 15:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 26' South, Longitude: 179° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.39 meters/second, 1513.4 km/hour, 940.4 miles/hour or 817.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.6"15.67 miwest0° 00' 06.6"0.13 misouth15.67 mi
1 hour14° 24' 38.9"940.07 miwest0° 06' 35.6"7.56 misouth939.78 mi
24 hours14° 12' 48.7"927.21 mieast1° 59' 32.1"137.05 misouth931.46 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SantarémMon 12:48 PM64 km40 miles34 nmNorth N
São Félix do XinguMon 12:48 PM498 km309 miles269 nmSoutheast SE
ManausMon 11:48 AM603 km375 miles326 nmWest W
BelémMon 12:48 PM701 km436 miles379 nmEast-northeast ENE
CayenneMon 12:48 PM912 km566 miles492 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-Laurent-du-MaroniMon 12:48 PM941 km584 miles508 nmNorth N
ParamariboMon 12:48 PM976 km606 miles527 nmNorth N
GeorgetownMon 11:48 AM1154 km717 miles623 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrasiliaMon 12:48 PM1597 km992 miles862 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Rio BrancoMon 11:48 AM1653 km1027 miles893 nmWest-southwest WSW
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