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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 Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 09:38:00 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 Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 09:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 38' North, Longitude: 34° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.76 meters/second, 1669.5 km/hour, 1037.4 miles/hour or 901.5 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"1037.39 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1037.40 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.6"6.14 miwest0° 23' 16.3"26.65 misouth27.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 09:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 48' South, Longitude: 61° 46' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.72 meters/second, 1568.6 km/hour, 974.7 miles/hour or 847.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.8"16.24 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 26' 46.9"974.45 miwest0° 10' 34.4"12.11 misouth974.18 mi
24 hours13° 31' 59.0"912.85 mieast3° 48' 50.9"262.23 misouth942.47 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MbaleTue 12:38 PM65 km40 miles35 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LiraTue 12:38 PM141 km88 miles76 nmWest-northwest WNW
KisumuTue 12:38 PM209 km130 miles113 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KampalaTue 12:38 PM216 km134 miles116 nmSouthwest SW
GuluTue 12:38 PM229 km142 miles123 nmWest-northwest WNW
EntebbeTue 12:38 PM245 km152 miles132 nmSouthwest SW
NakuruTue 12:38 PM314 km195 miles170 nmSoutheast SE
JubaTue 12:38 PM445 km277 miles241 nmNorthwest NW
MbararaTue 12:38 PM448 km278 miles242 nmSouthwest SW
NairobiTue 12:38 PM449 km279 miles243 nmSoutheast SE
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