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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 07:28:00 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 07:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 13' North, Longitude: 66° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.22 meters/second, 1667.6 km/hour, 1036.2 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"1036.18 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1036.19 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.6"6.13 miwest0° 23' 05.2"26.44 misouth27.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 14, 2012 at 07:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 08' North, Longitude: 43° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.14 meters/second, 1602.5 km/hour, 995.7 miles/hour or 865.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.2"16.59 miwest0° 00' 11.5"0.22 misouth16.60 mi
1 hour14° 30' 20.5"995.61 miwest0° 11' 38.4"13.33 misouth995.91 mi
24 hours11° 55' 41.0"818.70 mieast4° 50' 49.0"333.05 misouth886.95 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MaleFri 12:28 PM745 km463 miles402 nmEast E
KulhudhuffushiFri 12:28 PM784 km487 miles423 nmEast-northeast ENE
Addu CityFri 12:28 PM819 km509 miles442 nmEast-southeast ESE
ThiruvananthapuramFri 12:58 PM1259 km782 miles680 nmEast-northeast ENE
Diego GarciaFri 1:28 PM1319 km820 miles712 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MaduraiFri 12:58 PM1447 km899 miles781 nmEast-northeast ENE
ColomboFri 12:58 PM1497 km930 miles809 nmEast-northeast ENE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteFri 12:58 PM1502 km933 miles811 nmEast-northeast ENE
VictoriaFri 11:28 AM1538 km956 miles830 nmSouthwest SW
BengaluruFri 12:58 PM1596 km992 miles862 nmNortheast NE
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