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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 20:58:00 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 20:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 06' South, Longitude: 136° 23' 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' 13.0"1037.81 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.81 mi
24 hours0° 05' 14.6"6.04 miwest0° 23' 21.5"26.75 misouth27.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 20:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 38' South, Longitude: 45° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 417.46 meters/second, 1502.8 km/hour, 933.8 miles/hour or 811.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.2"15.56 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.05 minorth15.56 mi
1 hour14° 25' 11.9"933.54 miwest0° 02' 55.2"3.35 minorth933.69 mi
24 hours13° 40' 20.0"885.16 mieast1° 44' 40.5"120.00 minorth898.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 10:58 AM2342 km1455 miles1264 nmWest W
PapeeteSat 10:58 AM2409 km1497 miles1301 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownSat 12:58 PM2844 km1767 miles1536 nmSouth-southeast SSE
HonoluluSat 10:58 AM3326 km2066 miles1796 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaSat 10:58 AM3454 km2146 miles1865 nmSouthwest SW
FakaofoSun 9:58 AM3995 km2482 miles2157 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Sat 3:58 PM4158 km2584 miles2245 nmSoutheast SE
ApiaSun 9:58 AM4185 km2600 miles2260 nmWest-southwest WSW
HermosilloSat 1:58 PM4210 km2616 miles2273 nmNortheast NE
AlofiSat 9:58 AM4219 km2621 miles2278 nmWest-southwest WSW
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