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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 30, 2012 at 03:08:00 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 30, 2012 at 03:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 55' South, Longitude: 130° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 463.34 meters/second, 1668.0 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"17.27 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.27 mi
1 hour15° 00' 12.2"1036.45 miwest0° 00' 58.1"1.11 misouth1036.44 mi
24 hours0° 04' 52.9"5.62 miwest0° 23' 15.7"26.64 misouth27.23 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 03:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 29' North, Longitude: 51° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.06 meters/second, 1609.4 km/hour, 1000.0 miles/hour or 869.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.9"16.67 miwest0° 00' 10.6"0.20 minorth16.67 mi
1 hour14° 32' 55.9"999.93 miwest0° 10' 42.9"12.27 minorth999.83 mi
24 hours10° 51' 06.8"745.86 mieast4° 05' 34.4"281.28 minorth793.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AmbonSun 12:08 PM271 km169 miles146 nmWest-southwest WSW
ManokwariSun 12:08 PM457 km284 miles247 nmEast-northeast ENE
SofifiSun 12:08 PM521 km324 miles281 nmNorthwest NW
TernateSun 12:08 PM538 km334 miles291 nmNorthwest NW
BaucauSun 12:08 PM759 km471 miles410 nmSouthwest SW
ManadoSun 11:08 AM797 km495 miles430 nmNorthwest NW
DiliSun 12:08 PM827 km514 miles447 nmSouthwest SW
SameSun 12:08 PM860 km535 miles464 nmSouthwest SW
KendariSun 11:08 AM894 km555 miles483 nmWest W
GorontaloSun 11:08 AM912 km567 miles492 nmWest-northwest WNW
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