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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 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 Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 37' North, Longitude: 16° 30' 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"1037.40 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1037.41 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.6"6.14 miwest0° 23' 16.4"26.65 misouth27.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 01' South, Longitude: 44° 55' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.33 meters/second, 1567.2 km/hour, 973.8 miles/hour or 846.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.6"16.23 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.23 mi
1 hour14° 26' 43.2"973.57 miwest0° 10' 28.8"12.01 misouth973.30 mi
24 hours13° 33' 26.8"913.75 mieast3° 46' 09.9"259.16 misouth942.46 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
OuéssoTue 11:48 AM51 km31 miles27 nmWest W
ImpfondoTue 11:48 AM173 km107 miles93 nmEast E
MbandakaTue 11:48 AM260 km162 miles141 nmSoutheast SE
BerbératiTue 11:48 AM303 km188 miles164 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BimboTue 11:48 AM360 km224 miles194 nmNortheast NE
BanguiTue 11:48 AM380 km236 miles205 nmNortheast NE
BertouaTue 11:48 AM453 km282 miles245 nmNorthwest NW
FrancevilleTue 11:48 AM485 km301 miles262 nmSouthwest SW
BozoumTue 11:48 AM520 km323 miles281 nmNorth N
EbebiyínTue 11:48 AM579 km360 miles313 nmWest W
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