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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 01:08:00 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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 26' South, Longitude: 160° 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"17.24 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.24 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.5"1034.67 miwest0° 00' 57.7"1.10 misouth1034.66 mi
24 hours0° 04' 33.5"5.24 miwest0° 23' 05.4"26.44 misouth26.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 01:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 08' North, Longitude: 22° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.45 meters/second, 1528.0 km/hour, 949.5 miles/hour or 825.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.3"15.82 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 minorth15.82 mi
1 hour14° 31' 24.0"949.16 miwest0° 04' 32.9"5.21 minorth948.96 mi
24 hours11° 31' 19.3"753.10 mieast1° 24' 02.0"96.34 minorth755.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
GizoThu 12:08 PM549 km341 miles296 nmSouthwest SW
ArawaThu 11:08 AM549 km341 miles296 nmWest-southwest WSW
HoniaraThu 12:08 PM553 km343 miles298 nmSouth S
BukaThu 11:08 AM621 km386 miles336 nmWest W
YarenThu 1:08 PM864 km537 miles467 nmEast-northeast ENE
PalikirThu 12:08 PM1276 km793 miles689 nmNorth N
Port MoresbyThu 11:08 AM1539 km956 miles831 nmWest-southwest WSW
TarawaThu 1:08 PM1566 km973 miles845 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port VilaThu 12:08 PM1717 km1067 miles927 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MajuroThu 1:08 PM1772 km1101 miles957 nmNortheast NE
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