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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 25, 2012 at 20:48:00 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 25, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 23' North, Longitude: 131° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.37 meters/second, 1642.9 km/hour, 1020.9 miles/hour or 887.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.01 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.01 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.6"1020.77 miwest0° 00' 52.2"1.00 misouth1020.80 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.3"4.86 miwest0° 20' 56.8"23.99 misouth24.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 22' South, Longitude: 27° 19' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.12 meters/second, 1494.4 km/hour, 928.6 miles/hour or 806.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"15.48 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.48 mi
1 hour14° 24' 35.5"928.27 miwest0° 00' 21.6"0.42 minorth928.29 mi
24 hours14° 04' 03.0"906.23 mieast0° 47' 07.2"54.03 minorth910.23 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Los Angeles *Sat 1:48 PM2949 km1833 miles1593 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HermosilloSat 1:48 PM2976 km1849 miles1607 nmNortheast NE
KiritimatiSun 10:48 AM3005 km1867 miles1623 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluSat 10:48 AM3062 km1903 miles1653 nmWest-northwest WNW
San Francisco *Sat 1:48 PM3167 km1968 miles1710 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PhoenixSat 1:48 PM3236 km2011 miles1748 nmNortheast NE
Las Vegas *Sat 1:48 PM3296 km2048 miles1779 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Sat 3:48 PM3619 km2249 miles1954 nmEast-northeast ENE
PapeeteSat 10:48 AM3670 km2281 miles1982 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Salt Lake City *Sat 2:48 PM3882 km2412 miles2096 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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