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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 02:20:00 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 02:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 57' North, Longitude: 144° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.45 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"1032.21 miwest0° 00' 56.1"1.07 misouth1032.22 mi
24 hours0° 05' 09.4"5.91 miwest0° 22' 31.6"25.80 misouth26.47 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 02:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 57' North, Longitude: 35° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.24 meters/second, 1520.1 km/hour, 944.5 miles/hour or 820.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.74 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.07 minorth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 31' 13.4"944.22 miwest0° 03' 48.4"4.37 minorth944.04 mi
24 hours11° 36' 29.0"754.92 mieast1° 05' 28.7"75.07 minorth756.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HagåtñaFri 12:20 PM832 km517 miles449 nmNorth N
JayapuraFri 11:20 AM1030 km640 miles556 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MelekeokFri 11:20 AM1106 km687 miles597 nmWest W
ManokwariFri 11:20 AM1384 km860 miles747 nmWest-southwest WSW
PalikirFri 1:20 PM1515 km941 miles818 nmEast E
Port MoresbyFri 12:20 PM1730 km1075 miles934 nmSouth S
ManadoFri 10:20 AM2239 km1391 miles1209 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraFri 1:20 PM2415 km1501 miles1304 nmSoutheast SE
CairnsFri 12:20 PM2534 km1575 miles1368 nmSouth S
DarwinFri 11:50 AM2537 km1576 miles1370 nmSouthwest SW
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