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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 Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 14:48:00 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 Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 14:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 10° 08' North, Longitude: 41° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 456.75 meters/second, 1644.3 km/hour, 1021.7 miles/hour or 887.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.03 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.03 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.8"1021.62 miwest0° 00' 52.5"1.00 misouth1021.64 mi
24 hours0° 04' 21.7"4.95 miwest0° 21' 03.9"24.13 misouth24.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 14:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' South, Longitude: 73° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.61 meters/second, 1499.8 km/hour, 931.9 miles/hour or 809.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"15.53 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 minorth15.53 mi
1 hour14° 24' 59.6"931.62 miwest0° 02' 51.6"3.28 minorth931.77 mi
24 hours13° 48' 34.0"892.41 mieast1° 44' 32.3"119.85 minorth905.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
CayenneSun 11:48 AM1318 km819 miles711 nmWest-southwest WSW
BelémSun 11:48 AM1491 km927 miles805 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FortalezaSun 11:48 AM1570 km976 miles848 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ParamariboSun 11:48 AM1571 km976 miles848 nmWest-southwest WSW
GeorgetownSun 10:48 AM1862 km1157 miles1005 nmWest W
BridgetownSun 10:48 AM1994 km1239 miles1077 nmWest-northwest WNW
PraiaSun 1:48 PM2033 km1263 miles1098 nmEast-northeast ENE
RecifeSun 11:48 AM2148 km1335 miles1160 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CastriesSun 10:48 AM2155 km1339 miles1164 nmWest-northwest WNW
KingstownSun 10:48 AM2168 km1347 miles1170 nmWest W
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