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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 19:20:00 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 19:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 44' South, Longitude: 112° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.36 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"1034.25 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.23 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.1"5.15 miwest0° 23' 02.8"26.39 misouth26.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 19:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 17' North, Longitude: 117° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.28 meters/second, 1516.6 km/hour, 942.4 miles/hour or 818.9 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' 02.9"0.06 minorth15.71 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.8"942.06 miwest0° 02' 53.0"3.31 minorth941.92 mi
24 hours11° 37' 39.9"754.60 mieast0° 42' 54.8"49.20 minorth754.45 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Thu 2:20 PM2502 km1555 miles1351 nmSouth S
Galapagos IslandsThu 1:20 PM2621 km1629 miles1415 nmEast E
AdamstownThu 11:20 AM2908 km1807 miles1570 nmSouthwest SW
Mexico City *Thu 2:20 PM3066 km1905 miles1656 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaThu 1:20 PM3264 km2028 miles1762 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorThu 1:20 PM3316 km2061 miles1791 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaThu 1:20 PM3487 km2167 miles1883 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaThu 1:20 PM3514 km2183 miles1897 nmNortheast NE
San JoseThu 1:20 PM3581 km2225 miles1934 nmEast-northeast ENE
BelmopanThu 1:20 PM3596 km2234 miles1942 nmNortheast NE
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