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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 Friday, August 10, 2012 at 01:08:00 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 Friday, August 10, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 29' North, Longitude: 164° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.14 meters/second, 1609.7 km/hour, 1000.2 miles/hour or 869.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.67 miwest0° 00' 00.7"0.01 misouth16.67 mi
1 hour15° 00' 05.6"1000.02 miwest0° 00' 44.0"0.84 misouth1000.05 mi
24 hours0° 02' 21.0"2.61 miwest0° 17' 43.6"20.31 misouth20.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, August 10, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 52' North, Longitude: 71° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.26 meters/second, 1530.9 km/hour, 951.3 miles/hour or 826.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.6"15.85 miwest0° 00' 05.3"0.10 minorth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 31' 40.0"950.98 miwest0° 05' 21.1"6.14 minorth950.75 mi
24 hours11° 28' 14.9"750.95 mieast1° 44' 05.2"119.33 minorth756.43 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Wake IslandFri 1:08 PM486 km302 miles262 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PalikirFri 12:08 PM1163 km723 miles628 nmSouthwest SW
MajuroFri 1:08 PM1187 km738 miles641 nmSoutheast SE
YarenFri 1:08 PM1794 km1115 miles969 nmSouth S
TarawaFri 1:08 PM1824 km1133 miles985 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HagåtñaFri 11:08 AM2123 km1319 miles1146 nmWest W
MidwayThu 2:08 PM2352 km1461 miles1270 nmNortheast NE
Baker IslandThu 1:08 PM2703 km1679 miles1459 nmSoutheast SE
HoniaraFri 12:08 PM2798 km1739 miles1511 nmSouth S
FunafutiFri 1:08 PM3121 km1939 miles1685 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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