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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 Friday, September 21, 2012 at 14:48:00 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 Friday, September 21, 2012 at 14:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 23' North, Longitude: 43° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 meters/second, 1670.2 km/hour, 1037.8 miles/hour or 901.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.30 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.30 mi
1 hour15° 00' 13.1"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.6"6.08 miwest0° 23' 20.8"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 14:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 02' South, Longitude: 29° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.95 meters/second, 1497.4 km/hour, 930.4 miles/hour or 808.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.51 miwest0° 00' 01.2"0.03 misouth15.51 mi
1 hour14° 24' 19.0"930.13 miwest0° 01' 15.6"1.45 misouth930.07 mi
24 hours14° 10' 50.0"915.63 mieast0° 08' 45.0"10.03 minorth916.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BelémFri 11:48 AM562 km349 miles304 nmWest-southwest WSW
FortalezaFri 11:48 AM737 km458 miles398 nmSoutheast SE
CayenneFri 11:48 AM1076 km669 miles581 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeFri 11:48 AM1362 km846 miles735 nmSoutheast SE
ParamariboFri 11:48 AM1401 km871 miles756 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorFri 11:48 AM1588 km987 miles858 nmSouth-southeast SSE
GeorgetownFri 10:48 AM1749 km1086 miles944 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaFri 11:48 AM1846 km1147 miles997 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ManausFri 10:48 AM1849 km1149 miles998 nmWest-southwest WSW
BridgetownFri 10:48 AM2243 km1394 miles1211 nmNorthwest NW
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