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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 02:48:00 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 Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 02:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 12' North, Longitude: 136° 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' 15.8"6.07 miwest0° 23' 21.1"26.74 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 02:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 08' South, Longitude: 143° 46' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 415.78 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' 00.4"0.01 minorth15.50 mi
1 hour14° 24' 31.8"929.76 miwest0° 00' 26.5"0.51 minorth929.79 mi
24 hours14° 01' 31.3"905.03 mieast0° 48' 26.4"55.54 minorth909.16 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ManokwariSat 11:48 AM263 km164 miles142 nmWest-southwest WSW
JayapuraSat 11:48 AM587 km365 miles317 nmEast-southeast ESE
MelekeokSat 11:48 AM826 km513 miles446 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SofifiSat 11:48 AM962 km598 miles519 nmWest W
TernateSat 11:48 AM982 km610 miles530 nmWest W
AmbonSat 11:48 AM989 km614 miles534 nmWest-southwest WSW
ManadoSat 10:48 AM1271 km790 miles686 nmWest W
General SantosSat 10:48 AM1387 km862 miles749 nmWest-northwest WNW
DavaoSat 10:48 AM1399 km869 miles755 nmWest-northwest WNW
GorontaloSat 10:48 AM1461 km908 miles789 nmWest W
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