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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 07:08:00 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 Friday, September 7, 2012 at 07:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 53' North, Longitude: 72° 29' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.52 meters/second, 1661.5 km/hour, 1032.4 miles/hour or 897.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.21 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.21 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.8"1032.35 miwest0° 00' 56.1"1.07 misouth1032.36 mi
24 hours0° 05' 09.8"5.92 miwest0° 22' 32.8"25.82 misouth26.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 07:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 14' North, Longitude: 34° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.41 meters/second, 1517.1 km/hour, 942.7 miles/hour or 819.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.71 miwest0° 00' 03.3"0.07 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 31' 07.0"942.35 miwest0° 03' 21.8"3.86 minorth942.19 mi
24 hours11° 38' 47.2"756.02 mieast0° 54' 28.8"62.47 minorth756.37 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KulhudhuffushiFri 12:08 PM104 km65 miles56 nmNortheast NE
MaleFri 12:08 PM220 km137 miles119 nmSouth-southeast SSE
ThiruvananthapuramFri 12:38 PM572 km355 miles309 nmEast-northeast ENE
KochiFri 12:38 PM617 km383 miles333 nmNortheast NE
Addu CityFri 12:08 PM729 km453 miles394 nmSouth S
MaduraiFri 12:38 PM764 km475 miles413 nmNortheast NE
MangaluruFri 12:38 PM814 km506 miles440 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ColomboFri 12:38 PM824 km512 miles445 nmEast E
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteFri 12:38 PM830 km515 miles448 nmEast E
KandyFri 12:38 PM915 km568 miles494 nmEast E
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