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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 Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 13:48:00 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 Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 13:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 22' South, Longitude: 28° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.93 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"1037.79 miwest0° 00' 58.3"1.11 misouth1037.79 mi
24 hours0° 05' 13.3"6.02 miwest0° 23' 21.7"26.75 misouth27.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 13:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 32' South, Longitude: 71° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.83 meters/second, 1515.0 km/hour, 941.4 miles/hour or 818.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"15.69 miwest0° 00' 05.0"0.09 minorth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 26' 06.9"941.11 miwest0° 05' 01.3"5.76 minorth941.37 mi
24 hours13° 15' 21.1"864.26 mieast2° 30' 52.6"172.95 minorth887.69 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 NoronhaSun 11:48 AM549 km341 miles296 nmSouthwest SW
RecifeSun 10:48 AM1079 km670 miles582 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaSun 10:48 AM1135 km705 miles613 nmWest-southwest WSW
SalvadorSun 10:48 AM1746 km1085 miles943 nmSouthwest SW
PraiaSun 12:48 PM1794 km1115 miles968 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FreetownSun 1:48 PM1999 km1242 miles1080 nmEast-northeast ENE
BissauSun 1:48 PM2003 km1245 miles1082 nmNortheast NE
ConakrySun 1:48 PM2011 km1250 miles1086 nmEast-northeast ENE
BanjulSun 1:48 PM2049 km1273 miles1107 nmNortheast NE
DakarSun 1:48 PM2092 km1300 miles1130 nmNortheast NE
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