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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 Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 22:48:00 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 Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 22:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 12' North, Longitude: 163° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.61 meters/second, 1669.0 km/hour, 1037.1 miles/hour or 901.2 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"1037.05 miwest0° 00' 58.0"1.11 misouth1037.06 mi
24 hours0° 05' 20.1"6.15 miwest0° 23' 13.0"26.59 misouth27.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 22:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 01' South, Longitude: 154° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 445.25 meters/second, 1602.9 km/hour, 996.0 miles/hour or 865.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.6"16.60 miwest0° 00' 12.4"0.24 misouth16.60 mi
1 hour14° 28' 34.7"995.83 miwest0° 12' 27.8"14.27 misouth995.74 mi
24 hours12° 47' 32.5"880.00 mieast4° 48' 02.2"329.91 misouth935.20 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiMon 12:48 PM672 km417 miles363 nmEast E
Baker IslandSun 10:48 AM1477 km918 miles797 nmWest W
FakaofoMon 11:48 AM1549 km962 miles836 nmSouthwest SW
ApiaMon 11:48 AM2001 km1244 miles1081 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HonoluluSun 12:48 PM2197 km1365 miles1186 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FunafutiMon 10:48 AM2268 km1409 miles1225 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiSun 11:48 AM2457 km1527 miles1327 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RarotongaSun 12:48 PM2621 km1629 miles1415 nmSouth S
TarawaMon 10:48 AM2632 km1635 miles1421 nmWest W
PapeeteSun 12:48 PM2656 km1650 miles1434 nmSoutheast SE
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