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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 14:18:00 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 14:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 39' South, Longitude: 37° 21' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.41 meters/second, 1664.7 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"1034.37 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.36 mi
24 hours0° 04' 30.4"5.18 miwest0° 23' 03.6"26.41 misouth26.91 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 14:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 01' North, Longitude: 168° 59' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.04 meters/second, 1519.3 km/hour, 944.1 miles/hour or 820.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.73 miwest0° 00' 03.3"0.06 minorth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 31' 09.6"943.75 miwest0° 03' 21.1"3.85 minorth943.59 mi
24 hours11° 36' 08.6"754.24 mieast0° 54' 27.1"62.43 minorth754.62 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MossoróThu 11:18 AM57 km36 miles31 nmSouth S
FortalezaThu 11:18 AM169 km105 miles91 nmNorthwest NW
NatalThu 11:18 AM264 km164 miles143 nmEast-southeast ESE
RecifeThu 11:18 AM469 km292 miles253 nmSoutheast SE
Fernando de NoronhaThu 12:18 PM555 km345 miles299 nmEast E
MaceióThu 11:18 AM583 km362 miles315 nmSouth-southeast SSE
SalvadorThu 11:18 AM928 km577 miles501 nmSouth S
BelémThu 11:18 AM1286 km799 miles695 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaThu 11:18 AM1687 km1048 miles911 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneThu 11:18 AM1974 km1226 miles1066 nmWest-northwest WNW
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