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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, May 7, 2012 at 11:44:00 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, May 7, 2012 at 11:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 00' North, Longitude: 3° 08' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.71 meters/second, 1597.3 km/hour, 992.5 miles/hour or 862.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.54 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 minorth16.54 mi
1 hour15° 00' 02.2"992.30 miwest0° 00' 40.9"0.78 minorth992.27 mi
24 hours0° 00' 50.3"0.93 miwest0° 16' 13.3"18.59 minorth18.61 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 15' South, Longitude: 157° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 414.23 meters/second, 1491.2 km/hour, 926.6 miles/hour or 805.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.9"15.44 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 misouth15.44 mi
1 hour14° 22' 00.3"926.28 miwest0° 02' 56.9"3.38 misouth926.13 mi
24 hours15° 07' 24.6"975.03 mieast0° 25' 42.4"29.48 misouth974.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NiameyMon 12:44 PM401 km249 miles217 nmSouth-southwest SSW
DoriMon 11:44 AM473 km294 miles255 nmSouthwest SW
ArlitMon 12:44 PM490 km305 miles265 nmEast-northeast ENE
SokotoMon 12:44 PM491 km305 miles265 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AgadezMon 12:44 PM517 km321 miles279 nmEast E
MaradiMon 12:44 PM576 km358 miles311 nmSoutheast SE
Fada N'gourmaMon 11:44 AM623 km387 miles336 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KandiMon 12:44 PM650 km404 miles351 nmSouth S
OuahigouyaMon 11:44 AM706 km439 miles381 nmWest-southwest WSW
OuagadougouMon 11:44 AM717 km446 miles387 nmSouthwest SW
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