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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 19:28:00 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 19:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 21' South, Longitude: 114° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.60 meters/second, 1665.4 km/hour, 1034.8 miles/hour or 899.2 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' 11.5"1034.80 miwest0° 00' 57.7"1.10 misouth1034.79 mi
24 hours0° 04' 34.9"5.27 miwest0° 23' 06.1"26.46 misouth26.98 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 19:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 41' North, Longitude: 104° 31' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.66 meters/second, 1532.4 km/hour, 952.2 miles/hour or 827.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.5"15.87 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 minorth15.87 mi
1 hour14° 31' 30.8"951.88 miwest0° 05' 02.7"5.78 minorth951.66 mi
24 hours11° 28' 55.1"752.53 mieast1° 36' 26.2"110.56 minorth756.98 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Wed 2:28 PM2582 km1605 miles1394 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownWed 11:28 AM2817 km1750 miles1521 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsWed 1:28 PM2827 km1757 miles1527 nmEast E
Mexico City *Wed 2:28 PM3139 km1951 miles1695 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaWed 1:28 PM3401 km2113 miles1836 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorWed 1:28 PM3462 km2151 miles1869 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaWed 1:28 PM3647 km2266 miles1969 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaWed 1:28 PM3663 km2276 miles1978 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloWed 12:28 PM3720 km2312 miles2009 nmNorth N
BelmopanWed 1:28 PM3727 km2316 miles2012 nmNortheast NE
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