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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, June 4, 2012 at 17:44:00 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, June 4, 2012 at 17:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 32' North, Longitude: 86° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.57 meters/second, 1542.9 km/hour, 958.7 miles/hour or 833.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"15.98 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.98 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.4"958.28 miwest0° 00' 16.5"0.32 minorth958.27 mi
24 hours0° 02' 39.2"2.83 mieast0° 06' 24.6"7.35 minorth7.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, June 4, 2012 at 17:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 43' South, Longitude: 97° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 412.89 meters/second, 1486.4 km/hour, 923.6 miles/hour or 802.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 21.9"15.39 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 minorth15.39 mi
1 hour14° 21' 57.6"923.29 miwest0° 00' 11.6"0.22 minorth923.30 mi
24 hours15° 01' 53.1"966.02 mieast0° 48' 46.9"55.94 minorth970.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Cancún *Mon 12:44 PM160 km99 miles86 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Playa del Carmen *Mon 12:44 PM223 km138 miles120 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Cozumel *Mon 12:44 PM232 km144 miles126 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Pinar del Río *Mon 1:44 PM277 km172 miles150 nmEast E
Merida *Mon 12:44 PM377 km234 miles203 nmWest-southwest WSW
Havana *Mon 1:44 PM416 km259 miles225 nmEast E
Chetumal *Mon 12:44 PM490 km304 miles264 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Key West *Mon 1:44 PM521 km324 miles281 nmEast-northeast ENE
San PedroMon 11:44 AM537 km334 miles290 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Orange Walk TownMon 11:44 AM543 km338 miles293 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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