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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 20:48:00 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 20:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 17' North, Longitude: 133° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.94 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"1037.80 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.80 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.2"6.08 miwest0° 23' 21.0"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 07' South, Longitude: 57° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.73 meters/second, 1496.6 km/hour, 930.0 miles/hour or 808.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.50 miwest0° 00' 00.5"0.01 misouth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 24' 23.8"929.65 miwest0° 00' 24.3"0.47 misouth929.63 mi
24 hours14° 06' 42.0"910.63 mieast0° 28' 46.8"33.00 minorth912.69 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteFri 10:48 AM2622 km1629 miles1416 nmSouthwest SW
KiritimatiSat 10:48 AM2625 km1631 miles1418 nmWest W
AdamstownFri 12:48 PM2834 km1761 miles1530 nmSouth S
HonoluluFri 10:48 AM3499 km2174 miles1889 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaFri 10:48 AM3694 km2296 miles1995 nmSouthwest SW
HermosilloFri 1:48 PM4004 km2488 miles2162 nmNortheast NE
Easter Island *Fri 3:48 PM4004 km2488 miles2162 nmSoutheast SE
Los Angeles *Fri 1:48 PM4074 km2531 miles2200 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FakaofoSat 9:48 AM4284 km2662 miles2313 nmWest-southwest WSW
San Francisco *Fri 1:48 PM4310 km2678 miles2327 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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