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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 Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 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 Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 00' North, Longitude: 16° 36' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.66 meters/second, 1669.2 km/hour, 1037.2 miles/hour or 901.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.29 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.29 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.3"1037.18 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1037.19 mi
24 hours0° 05' 20.0"6.14 miwest0° 23' 14.2"26.61 misouth27.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 28' South, Longitude: 31° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.55 meters/second, 1593.2 km/hour, 990.0 miles/hour or 860.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.9"16.50 miwest0° 00' 12.0"0.23 misouth16.50 mi
1 hour14° 28' 00.0"989.77 miwest0° 12' 00.7"13.76 misouth989.60 mi
24 hours13° 02' 29.7"892.28 mieast4° 32' 21.6"312.00 misouth939.40 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
OuéssoMon 11:48 AM74 km46 miles40 nmSouthwest SW
ImpfondoMon 11:48 AM169 km105 miles91 nmEast-southeast ESE
BerbératiMon 11:48 AM265 km165 miles143 nmNorth-northwest NNW
MbandakaMon 11:48 AM284 km176 miles153 nmSoutheast SE
BimboMon 11:48 AM320 km199 miles173 nmNortheast NE
BanguiMon 11:48 AM340 km211 miles184 nmNortheast NE
BertouaMon 11:48 AM431 km268 miles233 nmNorthwest NW
BozoumMon 11:48 AM477 km297 miles258 nmNorth N
FrancevilleMon 11:48 AM524 km325 miles283 nmSouthwest SW
EbebiyínMon 11:48 AM586 km364 miles316 nmWest W
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