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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 12:20:00 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 12:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 37' South, Longitude: 7° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.43 meters/second, 1664.8 km/hour, 1034.4 miles/hour or 898.9 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' 11.4"1034.41 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.40 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.8"5.19 miwest0° 23' 03.8"26.41 misouth26.92 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 54' North, Longitude: 140° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.36 meters/second, 1520.5 km/hour, 944.8 miles/hour or 821.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.75 miwest0° 00' 03.5"0.07 minorth15.75 mi
1 hour14° 31' 11.6"944.47 miwest0° 03' 32.0"4.05 minorth944.30 mi
24 hours11° 35' 30.0"754.08 mieast0° 58' 55.7"67.57 minorth754.74 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AbidjanThu 12:20 PM1179 km732 miles636 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaThu 12:20 PM1253 km779 miles677 nmNorth-northwest NNW
JamestownThu 12:20 PM1272 km790 miles687 nmSouth S
YamoussoukroThu 12:20 PM1297 km806 miles700 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraThu 12:20 PM1409 km876 miles761 nmNortheast NE
LomeThu 12:20 PM1559 km968 miles842 nmNortheast NE
FreetownThu 12:20 PM1568 km974 miles847 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Porto NovoThu 1:20 PM1692 km1051 miles914 nmNortheast NE
ConakryThu 12:20 PM1692 km1051 miles914 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São ToméThu 12:20 PM1712 km1064 miles924 nmEast-northeast ENE
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