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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 19:54:00 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 19:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 56' North, Longitude: 119° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.24 meters/second, 1664.1 km/hour, 1034.0 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"1033.98 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 misouth1033.99 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.8"6.03 miwest0° 22' 46.4"26.08 misouth26.77 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 19:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 42' North, Longitude: 163° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.76 meters/second, 1511.1 km/hour, 939.0 miles/hour or 815.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.65 miwest0° 00' 02.5"0.05 misouth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 16.4"938.65 miwest0° 02' 38.8"3.04 misouth938.80 mi
24 hours11° 53' 53.3"770.07 mieast1° 31' 19.1"104.69 misouth780.87 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Guadalajara *Sun 2:54 PM2446 km1520 miles1321 nmNortheast NE
Mazatlan *Sun 1:54 PM2448 km1521 miles1322 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Acapulco *Sun 2:54 PM2484 km1544 miles1341 nmEast-northeast ENE
Aguascalientes *Sun 2:54 PM2615 km1625 miles1412 nmNortheast NE
Mexico City *Sun 2:54 PM2706 km1682 miles1461 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloSun 12:54 PM2810 km1746 miles1517 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Los Angeles *Sun 12:54 PM3226 km2005 miles1742 nmNorth N
PhoenixSun 12:54 PM3244 km2016 miles1751 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaSun 1:54 PM3321 km2064 miles1793 nmEast-northeast ENE
Galapagos IslandsSun 1:54 PM3357 km2086 miles1813 nmEast E
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