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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 20:14:00 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 20:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 33' North, Longitude: 124° 19' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.50 meters/second, 1665.0 km/hour, 1034.6 miles/hour or 899.0 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' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.24 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1034.56 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.57 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.4"6.06 miwest0° 22' 51.3"26.17 misouth26.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 10, 2012 at 20:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 09' North, Longitude: 170° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.87 meters/second, 1525.9 km/hour, 948.2 miles/hour or 823.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.80 miwest0° 00' 05.0"0.10 misouth15.80 mi
1 hour14° 30' 15.5"947.87 miwest0° 05' 04.9"5.82 misouth948.13 mi
24 hours348° 07' 12.0"776.44 miwest2° 28' 22.0"170.06 misouth800.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HermosilloMon 1:14 PM3058 km1900 miles1651 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Mexico City *Mon 3:14 PM3191 km1983 miles1723 nmEast-northeast ENE
Los Angeles *Mon 1:14 PM3327 km2067 miles1796 nmNorth N
AdamstownMon 12:14 PM3335 km2072 miles1801 nmSouth S
PhoenixMon 1:14 PM3443 km2139 miles1859 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Las Vegas *Mon 1:14 PM3622 km2251 miles1956 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KiritimatiTue 10:14 AM3681 km2287 miles1987 nmWest W
San Francisco *Mon 1:14 PM3684 km2289 miles1989 nmNorth N
PapeeteMon 10:14 AM3696 km2296 miles1995 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Mon 3:14 PM3853 km2394 miles2080 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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