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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 29, 2012 at 21:18:00 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 29, 2012 at 21:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 50' South, Longitude: 141° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.38 meters/second, 1668.2 km/hour, 1036.5 miles/hour or 900.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.28 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.28 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.2"1036.53 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1036.53 mi
24 hours0° 04' 54.0"5.64 miwest0° 23' 16.2"26.65 misouth27.24 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 21:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 26' North, Longitude: 33° 43' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.91 meters/second, 1612.5 km/hour, 1002.0 miles/hour or 870.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.70 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 minorth16.70 mi
1 hour14° 32' 55.9"1001.85 miwest0° 10' 54.9"12.50 minorth1001.78 mi
24 hours10° 50' 18.9"746.36 mieast4° 11' 31.5"288.08 minorth796.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeSat 11:48 AM736 km457 miles397 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiSun 11:18 AM1785 km1109 miles964 nmWest-northwest WNW
PapeeteSat 11:18 AM1825 km1134 miles986 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AdamstownSat 1:18 PM2771 km1722 miles1496 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RarotongaSat 11:18 AM2804 km1742 miles1514 nmSouthwest SW
HonoluluSat 11:18 AM3182 km1977 miles1718 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FakaofoSun 10:18 AM3315 km2060 miles1790 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Sun 11:18 AM3494 km2171 miles1886 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiSat 10:18 AM3531 km2194 miles1906 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandSat 9:18 AM3853 km2394 miles2080 nmWest W
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