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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 09:10:00 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 Monday, September 10, 2012 at 09:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 43' North, Longitude: 41° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.38 meters/second, 1664.6 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"1034.30 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.31 mi
24 hours0° 05' 15.7"6.05 miwest0° 22' 49.1"26.13 misouth26.82 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 10, 2012 at 09:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 58' North, Longitude: 28° 33' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.70 meters/second, 1518.1 km/hour, 943.3 miles/hour or 819.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.72 miwest0° 00' 03.8"0.08 misouth15.72 mi
1 hour14° 30' 14.8"943.01 miwest0° 03' 59.0"4.57 misouth943.22 mi
24 hours11° 53' 38.4"773.39 mieast2° 02' 49.4"140.80 misouth790.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AwasaMon 12:10 PM442 km274 miles239 nmNorthwest NW
Arba MinchMon 12:10 PM484 km301 miles261 nmWest-northwest WNW
MogadishuMon 12:10 PM499 km310 miles269 nmSoutheast SE
AdamaMon 12:10 PM502 km312 miles271 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Dire DawaMon 12:10 PM540 km335 miles291 nmNorth N
KismayoMon 12:10 PM569 km354 miles307 nmSouth S
Addis AbabaMon 12:10 PM578 km359 miles312 nmNorthwest NW
HargeisaMon 12:10 PM595 km370 miles321 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Debre BerhanMon 12:10 PM599 km372 miles324 nmNorth-northwest NNW
GarissaMon 12:10 PM617 km383 miles333 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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