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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 Monday, September 10, 2012 at 08:04:00 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 Monday, September 10, 2012 at 08:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 44' North, Longitude: 58° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.37 meters/second, 1664.5 km/hour, 1034.3 miles/hour or 898.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.24 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.24 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.0"1034.27 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 misouth1034.29 mi
24 hours0° 05' 15.6"6.04 miwest0° 22' 48.9"26.13 misouth26.82 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 10, 2012 at 08:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 02' North, Longitude: 12° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.51 meters/second, 1517.4 km/hour, 942.9 miles/hour or 819.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.71 miwest0° 00' 03.7"0.07 misouth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 14.9"942.59 miwest0° 03' 52.5"4.44 misouth942.79 mi
24 hours11° 53' 41.7"773.10 mieast2° 00' 14.7"137.84 misouth789.97 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HadibuMon 11:04 AM990 km615 miles534 nmNorth-northwest NNW
VictoriaMon 12:04 PM1080 km671 miles583 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MogadishuMon 11:04 AM1463 km909 miles790 nmWest-southwest WSW
MaleMon 1:04 PM1698 km1055 miles917 nmEast E
AdenMon 11:04 AM1707 km1061 miles922 nmWest-northwest WNW
DjiboutiMon 11:04 AM1825 km1134 miles986 nmWest-northwest WNW
SanaMon 11:04 AM1932 km1200 miles1043 nmNorthwest NW
Diego GarciaMon 2:04 PM2066 km1283 miles1115 nmSoutheast SE
MuscatMon 12:04 PM2088 km1298 miles1128 nmNorth N
ThiruvananthapuramMon 1:34 PM2112 km1312 miles1140 nmEast-northeast ENE
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