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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 17:36:00 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 17:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 58' North, Longitude: 84° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.22 meters/second, 1664.0 km/hour, 1033.9 miles/hour or 898.5 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' 13.0"1033.92 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 misouth1033.94 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.7"6.02 miwest0° 22' 46.0"26.07 misouth26.76 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 17:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 47' North, Longitude: 162° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.50 meters/second, 1510.2 km/hour, 938.4 miles/hour or 815.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.64 miwest0° 00' 02.3"0.05 misouth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 17.1"938.08 miwest0° 02' 24.9"2.77 misouth938.20 mi
24 hours11° 53' 49.5"769.51 mieast1° 25' 47.2"98.35 misouth779.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
DavidSun 12:36 PM459 km285 miles248 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Santiago de VeraguasSun 12:36 PM540 km335 miles291 nmNortheast NE
San JoseSun 11:36 AM554 km344 miles299 nmNorth N
AlajuelaSun 11:36 AM562 km349 miles303 nmNorth N
PanamaSun 12:36 PM727 km452 miles393 nmNortheast NE
MasayaSun 11:36 AM790 km491 miles427 nmNorth N
ManaguaSun 11:36 AM812 km505 miles439 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PortoviejoSun 12:36 PM817 km508 miles441 nmSoutheast SE
Galapagos IslandsSun 11:36 AM845 km525 miles456 nmSouthwest SW
QuitoSun 12:36 PM899 km559 miles486 nmSoutheast SE
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