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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 Friday, September 7, 2012 at 01:38:00 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 Friday, September 7, 2012 at 01:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 58' North, Longitude: 155° 00' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.44 meters/second, 1661.2 km/hour, 1032.2 miles/hour or 897.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.20 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.20 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.8"1032.19 miwest0° 00' 56.1"1.07 misouth1032.20 mi
24 hours0° 05' 09.3"5.91 miwest0° 22' 31.4"25.80 misouth26.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 01:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 54' North, Longitude: 45° 29' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.37 meters/second, 1520.5 km/hour, 944.8 miles/hour or 821.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.75 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.07 minorth15.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 14.4"944.50 miwest0° 03' 52.3"4.44 minorth944.32 mi
24 hours11° 36' 08.1"754.76 mieast1° 07' 04.3"76.90 minorth755.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PalikirFri 12:38 PM365 km227 miles197 nmEast-northeast ENE
KoloniaFri 12:38 PM371 km231 miles200 nmEast-northeast ENE
HagåtñaFri 11:38 AM1398 km869 miles755 nmNorthwest NW
YarenFri 1:38 PM1506 km936 miles813 nmEast-southeast ESE
HoniaraFri 12:38 PM1789 km1112 miles966 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroFri 1:38 PM1795 km1116 miles969 nmEast E
JayapuraFri 10:38 AM1847 km1148 miles997 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyFri 11:38 AM1913 km1189 miles1033 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Wake IslandFri 1:38 PM1939 km1205 miles1047 nmNortheast NE
TarawaFri 1:38 PM2061 km1280 miles1113 nmEast-southeast ESE
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