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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 23:44:00 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 23:44:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 22° 34' North, Longitude: 176° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.49 meters/second, 1542.6 km/hour, 958.5 miles/hour or 832.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.9"15.97 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 59' 53.3"958.09 miwest0° 00' 16.3"0.31 minorth958.08 mi
24 hours0° 02' 40.5"2.85 mieast0° 06' 18.6"7.24 minorth7.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, June 4, 2012 at 23:44:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 39' South, Longitude: 11° 39' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 413.15 meters/second, 1487.3 km/hour, 924.2 miles/hour or 803.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.0"15.40 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth15.40 mi
1 hour14° 22' 08.3"923.87 miwest0° 01' 10.3"1.34 minorth923.93 mi
24 hours14° 54' 13.9"958.23 mieast1° 11' 03.3"81.47 minorth965.53 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MidwayMon 12:44 PM634 km394 miles342 nmNorth N
Wake IslandTue 11:44 AM1802 km1120 miles973 nmWest W
HonoluluMon 1:44 PM1917 km1191 miles1035 nmEast E
MajuroTue 11:44 AM2164 km1345 miles1169 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandMon 11:44 AM2475 km1538 miles1336 nmSouth S
TarawaTue 11:44 AM2607 km1620 miles1407 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiTue 1:44 PM3079 km1913 miles1663 nmSoutheast SE
YarenTue 11:44 AM3132 km1946 miles1691 nmSouthwest SW
PalikirTue 10:44 AM3232 km2008 miles1745 nmWest-southwest WSW
Adak *Mon 2:44 PM3252 km2021 miles1756 nmNorth N
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