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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 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 02:04:00 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 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 27' North, Longitude: 148° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.56 meters/second, 1665.2 km/hour, 1034.7 miles/hour or 899.1 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.25 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.25 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1034.69 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.70 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.6"6.07 miwest0° 22' 52.4"26.19 misouth26.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 37' North, Longitude: 86° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.18 meters/second, 1530.6 km/hour, 951.1 miles/hour or 826.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.85 miwest0° 00' 05.5"0.11 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 30' 16.5"950.81 miwest0° 05' 38.8"6.47 misouth951.10 mi
24 hours11° 52' 12.4"778.19 mieast2° 41' 27.8"185.06 misouth805.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HagåtñaTue 12:04 PM1066 km662 miles576 nmNorth-northwest NNW
JayapuraTue 11:04 AM1133 km704 miles612 nmSouthwest SW
PalikirTue 1:04 PM1142 km709 miles616 nmEast-northeast ENE
MelekeokTue 11:04 AM1536 km954 miles829 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port MoresbyTue 12:04 PM1541 km958 miles832 nmSouth S
ManokwariTue 11:04 AM1674 km1040 miles904 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraTue 1:04 PM2017 km1253 miles1089 nmSoutheast SE
YarenTue 2:04 PM2158 km1341 miles1165 nmEast-southeast ESE
CairnsTue 12:04 PM2378 km1478 miles1284 nmSouth S
MajuroTue 2:04 PM2569 km1596 miles1387 nmEast E
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