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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 01:20:00 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 Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 27' South, Longitude: 157° 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' 33.4"5.24 miwest0° 23' 05.4"26.44 misouth26.96 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 09' North, Longitude: 19° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.41 meters/second, 1527.9 km/hour, 949.4 miles/hour or 825.0 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' 23.8"949.07 miwest0° 04' 31.7"5.19 minorth948.87 mi
24 hours11° 31' 24.2"753.12 mieast1° 23' 35.5"95.84 minorth755.96 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArawaThu 11:20 AM267 km166 miles144 nmSouthwest SW
BukaThu 11:20 AM300 km186 miles162 nmWest-southwest WSW
GizoThu 12:20 PM407 km253 miles220 nmSouth S
HoniaraThu 12:20 PM631 km392 miles341 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenThu 1:20 PM1165 km724 miles629 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port MoresbyThu 11:20 AM1236 km768 miles667 nmWest-southwest WSW
PalikirThu 12:20 PM1261 km783 miles681 nmNorth N
JayapuraThu 10:20 AM1843 km1145 miles995 nmWest W
CairnsThu 11:20 AM1859 km1155 miles1004 nmSouthwest SW
TarawaThu 1:20 PM1875 km1165 miles1012 nmEast-northeast ENE
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