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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 11:48:00 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 11:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 59' North, Longitude: 1° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.67 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"1037.19 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1037.20 mi
24 hours0° 05' 20.0"6.14 miwest0° 23' 14.3"26.61 misouth27.31 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 40' South, Longitude: 17° 25' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 442.29 meters/second, 1592.2 km/hour, 989.4 miles/hour or 859.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.9"16.49 miwest0° 00' 12.0"0.23 misouth16.49 mi
1 hour14° 27' 57.1"989.19 miwest0° 11' 58.0"13.71 misouth989.02 mi
24 hours13° 03' 46.7"893.27 mieast4° 30' 49.5"310.24 misouth939.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AccraMon 11:48 AM441 km274 miles238 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeMon 11:48 AM460 km286 miles248 nmNorth N
CotonouMon 12:48 PM494 km307 miles267 nmNorth N
Porto NovoMon 12:48 PM511 km317 miles276 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LagosMon 12:48 PM531 km330 miles287 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BohiconMon 12:48 PM576 km358 miles311 nmNorth N
São ToméMon 11:48 AM600 km373 miles324 nmEast-southeast ESE
AbeokutaMon 12:48 PM604 km375 miles326 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AtakpaméMon 11:48 AM615 km382 miles332 nmNorth N
KumasiMon 11:48 AM631 km392 miles341 nmNorthwest NW
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