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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 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 01:20:00 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 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 03' South, Longitude: 157° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.78 meters/second, 1666.0 km/hour, 1035.2 miles/hour or 899.6 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.25 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.25 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.6"1035.19 miwest0° 00' 57.9"1.11 misouth1035.18 mi
24 hours0° 04' 39.0"5.35 miwest0° 23' 08.5"26.50 misouth27.04 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 54' North, Longitude: 7° 59' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.07 meters/second, 1548.2 km/hour, 962.0 miles/hour or 836.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.8"16.03 miwest0° 00' 06.5"0.13 minorth16.03 mi
1 hour14° 31' 54.0"961.77 miwest0° 06' 32.9"7.51 minorth961.52 mi
24 hours11° 20' 16.4"750.46 mieast2° 14' 25.4"154.08 minorth761.56 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArawaWed 11:20 AM305 km190 miles165 nmSouthwest SW
BukaWed 11:20 AM325 km202 miles176 nmWest-southwest WSW
GizoWed 12:20 PM450 km280 miles243 nmSouth S
HoniaraWed 12:20 PM665 km413 miles359 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenWed 1:20 PM1142 km710 miles617 nmEast-northeast ENE
PalikirWed 12:20 PM1218 km757 miles657 nmNorth N
Port MoresbyWed 11:20 AM1263 km785 miles682 nmWest-southwest WSW
JayapuraWed 10:20 AM1848 km1148 miles998 nmWest W
TarawaWed 1:20 PM1852 km1151 miles1000 nmEast-northeast ENE
CairnsWed 11:20 AM1897 km1179 miles1024 nmSouthwest SW
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