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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 Thursday, September 6, 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 Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 21' North, Longitude: 162° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.11 meters/second, 1660.0 km/hour, 1031.5 miles/hour or 896.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.19 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.19 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.7"1031.45 miwest0° 00' 55.9"1.07 misouth1031.46 mi
24 hours0° 05' 06.7"5.86 miwest0° 22' 25.3"25.68 misouth26.34 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 51' North, Longitude: 41° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.81 meters/second, 1540.1 km/hour, 957.0 miles/hour or 831.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.7"15.95 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.12 minorth15.95 mi
1 hour14° 31' 49.0"956.70 miwest0° 06' 00.2"6.88 minorth956.46 mi
24 hours11° 22' 55.7"749.50 mieast2° 00' 32.1"138.18 minorth757.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TofolThu 12:08 PM122 km76 miles66 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KoloniaThu 12:08 PM489 km304 miles264 nmWest W
PalikirThu 12:08 PM494 km307 miles267 nmWest W
YarenThu 1:08 PM900 km559 miles486 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroThu 1:08 PM955 km594 miles516 nmEast E
TarawaThu 1:08 PM1278 km794 miles690 nmEast-southeast ESE
Wake IslandThu 1:08 PM1497 km930 miles808 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HoniaraThu 12:08 PM1769 km1099 miles955 nmSouth S
HagåtñaThu 11:08 AM2108 km1310 miles1138 nmWest-northwest WNW
Baker IslandWed 1:08 PM2422 km1505 miles1308 nmEast-southeast ESE
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