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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 14:04:00 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 14:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 38' North, Longitude: 31° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.43 meters/second, 1664.8 km/hour, 1034.4 miles/hour or 898.9 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"1034.42 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.43 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.0"6.05 miwest0° 22' 50.1"26.15 misouth26.84 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 10, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 38' North, Longitude: 99° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.60 meters/second, 1521.4 km/hour, 945.3 miles/hour or 821.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.76 miwest0° 00' 04.3"0.08 misouth15.76 mi
1 hour14° 30' 14.9"945.04 miwest0° 04' 28.4"5.13 misouth945.27 mi
24 hours11° 53' 19.4"774.70 mieast2° 14' 13.9"153.87 misouth794.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fernando de NoronhaMon 12:04 PM947 km588 miles511 nmSouth S
FortalezaMon 11:04 AM1196 km743 miles646 nmSouthwest SW
RecifeMon 11:04 AM1450 km901 miles783 nmSouth-southwest SSW
PraiaMon 1:04 PM1454 km904 miles785 nmNortheast NE
DakarMon 2:04 PM1926 km1197 miles1040 nmNortheast NE
BanjulMon 2:04 PM1935 km1202 miles1045 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauMon 2:04 PM1955 km1215 miles1056 nmEast-northeast ENE
BelémMon 11:04 AM1974 km1227 miles1066 nmWest-southwest WSW
ConakryMon 2:04 PM2069 km1285 miles1117 nmEast-northeast ENE
SalvadorMon 11:04 AM2083 km1294 miles1125 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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