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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 02:38:00 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 02:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' North, Longitude: 138° 41' 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' 15.8"6.07 miwest0° 23' 21.1"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 02:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 08' South, Longitude: 141° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.77 meters/second, 1496.8 km/hour, 930.1 miles/hour or 808.2 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' 00.3"0.01 minorth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 24' 31.5"929.75 miwest0° 00' 25.1"0.48 minorth929.77 mi
24 hours14° 01' 40.7"905.20 mieast0° 47' 54.0"54.92 minorth909.26 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JayapuraSat 11:38 AM377 km234 miles204 nmSoutheast SE
ManokwariSat 11:38 AM528 km328 miles285 nmWest-southwest WSW
MelekeokSat 11:38 AM925 km575 miles499 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port MoresbySat 12:38 PM1424 km885 miles769 nmSoutheast SE
ManadoSat 10:38 AM1548 km962 miles836 nmWest W
HagåtñaSat 12:38 PM1614 km1003 miles871 nmNorth-northeast NNE
General SantosSat 10:38 AM1637 km1017 miles884 nmWest-northwest WNW
DavaoSat 10:38 AM1638 km1018 miles885 nmWest-northwest WNW
DarwinSat 12:08 PM1646 km1023 miles889 nmSouth-southwest SSW
GorontaloSat 10:38 AM1739 km1081 miles939 nmWest W
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