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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 Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 17:36:00 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 Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 17:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 59' North, Longitude: 82° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.20 meters/second, 1613.5 km/hour, 1002.6 miles/hour or 871.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.71 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.2"1002.41 miwest0° 00' 45.0"0.86 misouth1002.44 mi
24 hours0° 02' 34.7"2.87 miwest0° 18' 08.1"20.78 misouth20.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 17:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 16' North, Longitude: 155° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.26 meters/second, 1505.7 km/hour, 935.6 miles/hour or 813.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"15.59 miwest0° 00' 01.6"0.03 minorth15.59 mi
1 hour14° 30' 31.2"935.28 miwest0° 01' 35.7"1.83 minorth935.20 mi
24 hours11° 53' 16.9"766.44 mieast0° 10' 15.7"11.77 minorth766.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Puerto CabezasSat 11:36 AM128 km79 miles69 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MatagalpaSat 11:36 AM414 km257 miles223 nmWest-southwest WSW
La CeibaSat 11:36 AM446 km277 miles241 nmWest-northwest WNW
MasayaSat 11:36 AM494 km307 miles267 nmSouthwest SW
ManaguaSat 11:36 AM495 km308 miles267 nmSouthwest SW
TegucigalpaSat 11:36 AM496 km308 miles268 nmWest W
George Town (Cayman)Sat 12:36 PM502 km312 miles271 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CholomaSat 11:36 AM565 km351 miles305 nmWest W
AlajuelaSat 11:36 AM573 km356 miles310 nmSouth-southwest SSW
San JoseSat 11:36 AM578 km359 miles312 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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