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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 Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 08:28:00 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 Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 08:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 49' North, Longitude: 51° 47' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.39 meters/second, 1668.2 km/hour, 1036.6 miles/hour or 900.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1036.57 miwest0° 00' 57.7"1.10 misouth1036.57 mi
24 hours0° 05' 20.0"6.14 miwest0° 23' 08.6"26.50 misouth27.21 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 08:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 05' North, Longitude: 40° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.09 meters/second, 1613.1 km/hour, 1002.3 miles/hour or 871.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.8"16.70 miwest0° 00' 12.4"0.24 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 29' 55.3"1002.23 miwest0° 12' 33.0"14.37 misouth1002.39 mi
24 hours12° 09' 41.6"840.67 mieast5° 04' 47.0"349.02 misouth910.48 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GalkayoSat 11:28 AM651 km405 miles352 nmNorthwest NW
MogadishuSat 11:28 AM722 km449 miles390 nmWest W
VictoriaSat 12:28 PM918 km570 miles496 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BosasoSat 11:28 AM979 km609 miles529 nmNorth-northwest NNW
AdenSat 11:28 AM1336 km830 miles722 nmNorth-northwest NNW
DjiboutiSat 11:28 AM1360 km845 miles734 nmNorthwest NW
Addis AbabaSat 11:28 AM1597 km992 miles862 nmWest-northwest WNW
SanaSat 11:28 AM1616 km1004 miles873 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NairobiSat 11:28 AM1726 km1072 miles932 nmWest-southwest WSW
Dar es SalaamSat 11:28 AM1750 km1087 miles945 nmSouthwest SW
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