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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 Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 00:24:00 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 Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 00:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 14' North, Longitude: 172° 11' East

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"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 16.0"6.07 miwest0° 23' 21.1"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 00:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 08' South, Longitude: 109° 11' 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' 24.5"15.50 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 24' 28.3"929.65 miwest0° 00' 06.1"0.12 minorth929.65 mi
24 hours14° 03' 42.8"907.34 mieast0° 40' 37.6"46.58 minorth910.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TarawaSat 12:24 PM159 km99 miles86 nmNortheast NE
YarenSat 12:24 PM593 km369 miles320 nmWest W
MajuroSat 12:24 PM773 km480 miles417 nmNorth N
FunafutiSat 12:24 PM1242 km772 miles671 nmSoutheast SE
Baker IslandFri 12:24 PM1261 km784 miles681 nmEast E
PalikirSat 11:24 AM1724 km1071 miles931 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraSat 11:24 AM1727 km1073 miles932 nmSouthwest SW
Port VilaSat 11:24 AM2032 km1263 miles1097 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoSat 1:24 PM2122 km1318 miles1146 nmEast-southeast ESE
SuvaSat 12:24 PM2143 km1332 miles1157 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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