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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 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 23:08:00 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 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 23:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 49' North, Longitude: 165° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.73 meters/second, 1561.4 km/hour, 970.2 miles/hour or 843.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.0"16.17 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth16.17 mi
1 hour14° 59' 57.4"969.87 miwest0° 00' 27.4"0.52 misouth969.90 mi
24 hours0° 00' 56.3"1.01 mieast0° 11' 07.6"12.76 misouth12.80 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 23:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 25' North, Longitude: 168° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.05 meters/second, 1541.0 km/hour, 957.5 miles/hour or 832.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.96 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 30' 11.5"957.27 miwest0° 07' 11.8"8.25 misouth957.62 mi
24 hours11° 50' 02.9"781.16 mieast3° 16' 37.4"225.33 misouth819.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HonoluluWed 1:08 PM788 km490 miles425 nmEast E
MidwayWed 12:08 PM1461 km908 miles789 nmNorthwest NW
KiritimatiThu 1:08 PM2272 km1412 miles1227 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandWed 11:08 AM2579 km1602 miles1392 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandThu 11:08 AM2924 km1817 miles1579 nmWest W
MajuroThu 11:08 AM2937 km1825 miles1586 nmWest-southwest WSW
TarawaThu 11:08 AM3178 km1975 miles1716 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoThu 12:08 PM3398 km2112 miles1835 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Adak *Wed 2:08 PM3581 km2225 miles1934 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FunafutiThu 11:08 AM3654 km2270 miles1973 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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