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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 Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 05:36:00 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 Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 05:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 09' North, Longitude: 95° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.08 meters/second, 1663.5 km/hour, 1033.6 miles/hour or 898.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.23 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.23 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.9"1033.62 miwest0° 00' 56.7"1.08 misouth1033.63 mi
24 hours0° 05' 13.8"6.01 miwest0° 22' 43.4"26.02 misouth26.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 05:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 08' North, Longitude: 11° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.56 meters/second, 1506.8 km/hour, 936.3 miles/hour or 813.6 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' 01.0"0.02 misouth15.61 mi
1 hour14° 30' 22.1"935.97 miwest0° 01' 11.8"1.37 misouth936.03 mi
24 hours11° 52' 53.2"766.71 mieast0° 56' 44.0"65.05 misouth771.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Banda AcehSun 12:36 PM45 km28 miles24 nmNorth N
MedanSun 12:36 PM411 km255 miles222 nmEast-southeast ESE
PhuketSun 12:36 PM454 km282 miles245 nmNortheast NE
PematangsiantarSun 12:36 PM475 km295 miles257 nmEast-southeast ESE
George TownSun 1:36 PM556 km346 miles300 nmEast E
Alor SetarSun 1:36 PM569 km354 miles307 nmEast E
Hat YaiSun 12:36 PM606 km376 miles327 nmEast-northeast ENE
IpohSun 1:36 PM646 km401 miles349 nmEast E
Kuala LumpurSun 1:36 PM743 km461 miles401 nmEast-southeast ESE
Johor BahruSun 1:36 PM1023 km636 miles553 nmEast-southeast ESE
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