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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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 00:28:00 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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 00:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 26' South, Longitude: 170° 11' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.55 meters/second, 1665.2 km/hour, 1034.7 miles/hour or 899.1 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"1034.69 miwest0° 00' 57.7"1.10 misouth1034.68 mi
24 hours0° 04' 33.7"5.24 miwest0° 23' 05.5"26.45 misouth26.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 00:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 05' North, Longitude: 31° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.59 meters/second, 1528.5 km/hour, 949.8 miles/hour or 825.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.83 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.83 mi
1 hour14° 31' 24.7"949.47 miwest0° 04' 36.4"5.28 minorth949.27 mi
24 hours11° 31' 03.0"753.03 mieast1° 25' 30.2"98.03 minorth756.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
YarenThu 12:28 PM564 km350 miles304 nmNorthwest NW
TarawaThu 12:28 PM718 km446 miles388 nmNorth-northeast NNE
FunafutiThu 12:28 PM1096 km681 miles592 nmEast-southeast ESE
HoniaraThu 11:28 AM1259 km782 miles680 nmWest-southwest WSW
MajuroThu 12:28 PM1285 km799 miles694 nmNorth N
Port VilaThu 11:28 AM1486 km923 miles802 nmSouth S
Baker IslandWed 12:28 PM1569 km975 miles847 nmEast-northeast ENE
SuvaThu 12:28 PM1762 km1095 miles951 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PalikirThu 11:28 AM1832 km1139 miles989 nmNorthwest NW
FakaofoThu 1:28 PM2124 km1320 miles1147 nmEast-southeast ESE
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