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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 Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 17:46:00 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 Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 17:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 20' North, Longitude: 87° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.94 meters/second, 1663.0 km/hour, 1033.3 miles/hour or 897.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.22 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.22 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.9"1033.31 miwest0° 00' 56.5"1.08 misouth1033.33 mi
24 hours0° 05' 12.9"5.99 miwest0° 22' 40.8"25.97 misouth26.66 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 17:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 15' North, Longitude: 177° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.32 meters/second, 1506.0 km/hour, 935.8 miles/hour or 813.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"15.60 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth15.60 mi
1 hour14° 30' 29.8"935.42 miwest0° 00' 00.2"0.00 misouth935.42 mi
24 hours11° 50' 53.0"763.99 mieast0° 27' 57.9"32.06 misouth765.86 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AlajuelaSat 11:46 AM609 km379 miles329 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San JoseSat 11:46 AM610 km379 miles329 nmNorth-northeast NNE
DavidSat 12:46 PM622 km387 miles336 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsSat 11:46 AM742 km461 miles401 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MasayaSat 11:46 AM743 km462 miles401 nmNorth N
ManaguaSat 11:46 AM759 km472 miles410 nmNorth N
San MiguelSat 11:46 AM908 km564 miles490 nmNorth N
PanamaSat 12:46 PM933 km580 miles504 nmEast-northeast ENE
San SalvadorSat 11:46 AM952 km591 miles514 nmNorth-northwest NNW
TegucigalpaSat 11:46 AM967 km601 miles522 nmNorth N
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