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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 18:20:00 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 18:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 43' South, Longitude: 97° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.37 meters/second, 1664.5 km/hour, 1034.3 miles/hour or 898.8 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' 11.3"1034.27 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.26 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.4"5.16 miwest0° 23' 02.9"26.40 misouth26.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 18:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 14' North, Longitude: 132° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.42 meters/second, 1517.1 km/hour, 942.7 miles/hour or 819.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.71 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 31' 05.7"942.38 miwest0° 02' 58.7"3.41 minorth942.24 mi
24 hours11° 37' 22.6"754.53 mieast0° 45' 12.7"51.84 minorth754.47 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsThu 12:20 PM1011 km628 miles546 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilThu 1:20 PM2016 km1252 miles1088 nmEast E
QuitoThu 1:20 PM2210 km1373 miles1193 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseThu 12:20 PM2227 km1384 miles1203 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorThu 12:20 PM2251 km1398 miles1215 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaThu 12:20 PM2265 km1407 miles1223 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaThu 12:20 PM2286 km1420 miles1234 nmNorth-northeast NNE
TegucigalpaThu 12:20 PM2388 km1484 miles1289 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Acapulco *Thu 1:20 PM2396 km1489 miles1294 nmNorth N
LimaThu 1:20 PM2432 km1511 miles1313 nmEast-southeast ESE
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