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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 21:48:00 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 21:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 26' North, Longitude: 148° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.80 meters/second, 1669.7 km/hour, 1037.5 miles/hour or 901.6 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"1037.49 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1037.49 mi
24 hours0° 05' 19.3"6.13 miwest0° 23' 17.2"26.67 misouth27.36 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 21:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 51' South, Longitude: 113° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.59 meters/second, 1553.7 km/hour, 965.4 miles/hour or 839.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.09 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.09 mi
1 hour14° 26' 07.5"965.19 miwest0° 09' 30.2"10.89 misouth964.89 mi
24 hours13° 46' 39.7"921.23 mieast3° 18' 52.6"227.93 misouth941.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiWed 11:48 AM980 km609 miles529 nmWest W
PapeeteTue 11:48 AM2102 km1306 miles1135 nmSouth S
HonoluluTue 11:48 AM2420 km1504 miles1307 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FakaofoWed 10:48 AM2786 km1731 miles1504 nmWest-southwest WSW
RarotongaTue 11:48 AM2791 km1734 miles1507 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ApiaWed 10:48 AM3070 km1908 miles1658 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandTue 9:48 AM3113 km1935 miles1681 nmWest W
AlofiTue 10:48 AM3257 km2024 miles1758 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownTue 1:48 PM3543 km2201 miles1913 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FunafutiWed 9:48 AM3744 km2326 miles2022 nmWest-southwest WSW
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