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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 13:38:00 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 13:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 01' North, Longitude: 26° 21' 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"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 15.1"6.05 miwest0° 23' 21.4"26.75 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 13:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' South, Longitude: 60° 06' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.51 meters/second, 1499.4 km/hour, 931.7 miles/hour or 809.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.8"15.53 miwest0° 00' 01.8"0.04 minorth15.53 mi
1 hour14° 24' 52.9"931.41 miwest0° 01' 56.5"2.23 minorth931.51 mi
24 hours13° 49' 46.6"893.63 mieast1° 22' 39.8"94.77 minorth902.63 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fernando de NoronhaSat 11:38 AM801 km498 miles433 nmWest-southwest WSW
RecifeSat 10:38 AM1304 km810 miles704 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaSat 10:38 AM1422 km884 miles768 nmWest-southwest WSW
PraiaSat 12:38 PM1677 km1042 miles906 nmNorth N
FreetownSat 1:38 PM1731 km1075 miles935 nmEast-northeast ENE
ConakrySat 1:38 PM1751 km1088 miles945 nmNortheast NE
BissauSat 1:38 PM1770 km1100 miles956 nmNortheast NE
BanjulSat 1:38 PM1836 km1141 miles991 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaSat 1:38 PM1863 km1157 miles1006 nmEast-northeast ENE
DakarSat 1:38 PM1895 km1178 miles1023 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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