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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 Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 13:18:00 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 Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 13:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 52' South, Longitude: 22° 12' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.89 meters/second, 1666.4 km/hour, 1035.4 miles/hour or 899.8 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.26 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.26 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.7"1035.43 miwest0° 00' 58.0"1.11 misouth1035.42 mi
24 hours0° 04' 41.5"5.40 miwest0° 23' 09.9"26.53 misouth27.07 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 13:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 30' North, Longitude: 177° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.27 meters/second, 1559.8 km/hour, 969.2 miles/hour or 842.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 32.2"16.15 miwest0° 00' 07.5"0.14 minorth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 32' 09.4"968.97 miwest0° 07' 27.9"8.56 minorth968.71 mi
24 hours11° 14' 06.4"748.99 mieast2° 37' 55.7"181.00 minorth765.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RecifeTue 10:18 AM1480 km920 miles799 nmWest-southwest WSW
FreetownTue 1:18 PM1690 km1050 miles912 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaTue 1:18 PM1694 km1053 miles915 nmNortheast NE
ConakryTue 1:18 PM1753 km1089 miles947 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FortalezaTue 10:18 AM1820 km1131 miles983 nmWest W
BissauTue 1:18 PM1887 km1172 miles1019 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BanjulTue 1:18 PM2013 km1251 miles1087 nmNorth-northeast NNE
SalvadorTue 10:18 AM2055 km1277 miles1110 nmWest-southwest WSW
PraiaTue 12:18 PM2082 km1294 miles1124 nmNorth N
DakarTue 1:18 PM2116 km1315 miles1143 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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