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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 14:58:00 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 14:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 00' South, Longitude: 46° 22' 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' 14.9"6.05 miwest0° 23' 21.4"26.75 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 14:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 53' South, Longitude: 40° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.66 meters/second, 1500.0 km/hour, 932.0 miles/hour or 809.9 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' 02.1"0.04 minorth15.53 mi
1 hour14° 24' 56.2"931.74 miwest0° 02' 07.3"2.43 minorth931.85 mi
24 hours13° 48' 08.5"892.13 mieast1° 26' 44.4"99.45 minorth901.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
BelémSat 11:58 AM285 km177 miles154 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneSat 11:58 AM859 km534 miles464 nmNorthwest NW
FortalezaSat 11:58 AM959 km596 miles518 nmEast-southeast ESE
ParamariboSat 11:58 AM1171 km728 miles632 nmWest-northwest WNW
GeorgetownSat 10:58 AM1512 km939 miles816 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeSat 11:58 AM1557 km967 miles841 nmSoutheast SE
ManausSat 10:58 AM1558 km968 miles841 nmWest-southwest WSW
SalvadorSat 11:58 AM1677 km1042 miles905 nmSouth-southeast SSE
BrasiliaSat 11:58 AM1754 km1090 miles947 nmSouth S
Port of SpainSat 10:58 AM2049 km1273 miles1106 nmNorthwest NW
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