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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 08:10:00 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 08:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 07' North, Longitude: 56° 49' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.11 meters/second, 1663.6 km/hour, 1033.7 miles/hour or 898.3 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"1033.69 miwest0° 00' 56.7"1.08 misouth1033.70 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.0"6.01 miwest0° 22' 44.0"26.03 misouth26.72 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 08:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 05' North, Longitude: 25° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 418.71 meters/second, 1507.3 km/hour, 936.6 miles/hour or 813.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"15.61 miwest0° 00' 01.3"0.03 misouth15.61 mi
1 hour14° 30' 20.8"936.29 miwest0° 01' 27.5"1.67 misouth936.37 mi
24 hours11° 53' 10.6"767.30 mieast1° 02' 57.9"72.19 misouth773.33 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HadibuSun 11:10 AM888 km552 miles480 nmNorth-northwest NNW
VictoriaSun 12:10 PM1087 km675 miles587 nmSouth S
MogadishuSun 11:10 AM1319 km820 miles712 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdenSun 11:10 AM1554 km965 miles839 nmNorthwest NW
DjiboutiSun 11:10 AM1666 km1035 miles900 nmWest-northwest WNW
SanaSun 11:10 AM1784 km1109 miles963 nmNorthwest NW
MaleSun 1:10 PM1856 km1153 miles1002 nmEast E
Addis AbabaSun 11:10 AM2041 km1268 miles1102 nmWest-northwest WNW
MuscatSun 12:10 PM2055 km1277 miles1109 nmNorth N
Abu DhabiSun 12:10 PM2156 km1339 miles1164 nmNorth N
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