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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 08:10:00 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 Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 08:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 21' North, Longitude: 56° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.62 meters/second, 1665.4 km/hour, 1034.8 miles/hour or 899.3 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"1034.82 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1034.83 mi
24 hours0° 05' 17.0"6.07 miwest0° 22' 53.6"26.22 misouth26.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 08:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 02' North, Longitude: 2° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.66 meters/second, 1536.0 km/hour, 954.4 miles/hour or 829.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"15.91 miwest0° 00' 06.1"0.12 misouth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 30' 18.0"954.13 miwest0° 06' 13.7"7.14 misouth954.44 mi
24 hours11° 51' 32.3"780.15 mieast2° 54' 50.4"200.38 misouth811.36 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
HadibuTue 11:10 AM962 km597 miles519 nmNorth-northwest NNW
VictoriaTue 12:10 PM1001 km622 miles541 nmSouth S
MogadishuTue 11:10 AM1282 km796 miles692 nmWest W
AdenTue 11:10 AM1587 km986 miles857 nmNorthwest NW
DjiboutiTue 11:10 AM1688 km1049 miles911 nmWest-northwest WNW
SanaTue 11:10 AM1825 km1134 miles985 nmNorthwest NW
MaleTue 1:10 PM1873 km1164 miles1011 nmEast E
Addis AbabaTue 11:10 AM2043 km1269 miles1103 nmWest-northwest WNW
MuscatTue 12:10 PM2140 km1330 miles1156 nmNorth N
Diego GarciaTue 2:10 PM2178 km1353 miles1176 nmSoutheast SE
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