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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, August 13, 2012 at 14:04:00 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, August 13, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 25' North, Longitude: 29° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 449.36 meters/second, 1617.7 km/hour, 1005.2 miles/hour or 873.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"16.75 miwest0° 00' 00.8"0.01 misouth16.75 mi
1 hour15° 00' 06.8"1005.01 miwest0° 00' 46.0"0.88 misouth1005.04 mi
24 hours0° 02' 49.6"3.16 miwest0° 18' 33.9"21.27 misouth21.51 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, August 13, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 48' North, Longitude: 80° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.26 meters/second, 1509.3 km/hour, 937.9 miles/hour or 815.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"15.63 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 misouth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 29' 52.1"937.53 miwest0° 03' 00.1"3.44 misouth937.69 mi
24 hours12° 03' 20.0"779.68 mieast1° 40' 39.3"115.40 misouth792.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MindeloMon 1:04 PM584 km363 miles315 nmEast-northeast ENE
PraiaMon 1:04 PM679 km422 miles367 nmEast E
DakarMon 2:04 PM1334 km829 miles720 nmEast E
BanjulMon 2:04 PM1434 km891 miles774 nmEast E
NouakchottMon 2:04 PM1532 km952 miles827 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauMon 2:04 PM1567 km974 miles846 nmEast E
ConakryMon 2:04 PM1834 km1140 miles990 nmEast-southeast ESE
FreetownMon 2:04 PM1922 km1195 miles1038 nmEast-southeast ESE
El AaiúnMon 2:04 PM2226 km1383 miles1202 nmNortheast NE
FortalezaMon 11:04 AM2231 km1386 miles1205 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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