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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 Friday, September 14, 2012 at 02:28:00 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 Friday, September 14, 2012 at 02:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 18' North, Longitude: 141° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.18 meters/second, 1667.5 km/hour, 1036.1 miles/hour or 900.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1036.10 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1036.11 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.5"6.13 miwest0° 23' 04.5"26.43 misouth27.13 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 14, 2012 at 02:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 06' North, Longitude: 116° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 444.17 meters/second, 1599.0 km/hour, 993.6 miles/hour or 863.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.4"16.56 miwest0° 00' 11.3"0.22 misouth16.56 mi
1 hour14° 30' 23.2"993.44 miwest0° 11' 22.8"13.03 misouth993.76 mi
24 hours11° 53' 53.4"814.84 mieast4° 45' 59.2"327.53 misouth881.78 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JayapuraFri 11:28 AM659 km409 miles356 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MelekeokFri 11:28 AM930 km578 miles502 nmWest-northwest WNW
ManokwariFri 11:28 AM985 km612 miles532 nmWest-southwest WSW
HagåtñaFri 12:28 PM1169 km726 miles631 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port MoresbyFri 12:28 PM1527 km949 miles825 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PalikirFri 1:28 PM1848 km1148 miles998 nmEast-northeast ENE
DavaoFri 10:28 AM1852 km1151 miles1000 nmWest-northwest WNW
General SantosFri 10:28 AM1881 km1169 miles1015 nmWest W
ManadoFri 10:28 AM1907 km1185 miles1030 nmWest W
DarwinFri 11:58 AM2129 km1323 miles1149 nmSouthwest SW
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