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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 19:38:00 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 19:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 44' South, Longitude: 117° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.36 meters/second, 1664.5 km/hour, 1034.3 miles/hour or 898.7 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"1034.24 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.23 mi
24 hours0° 04' 29.0"5.15 miwest0° 23' 02.7"26.39 misouth26.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 19:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 17' North, Longitude: 113° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.24 meters/second, 1516.5 km/hour, 942.3 miles/hour or 818.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"15.70 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.06 minorth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.4"941.97 miwest0° 02' 51.4"3.28 minorth941.83 mi
24 hours11° 37' 44.9"754.63 mieast0° 42' 13.3"48.41 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 2:38 PM2616 km1626 miles1413 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownThu 11:38 AM2629 km1634 miles1420 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Galapagos IslandsThu 1:38 PM3116 km1936 miles1683 nmEast E
Mexico City *Thu 2:38 PM3337 km2073 miles1802 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaThu 1:38 PM3654 km2270 miles1973 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorThu 1:38 PM3721 km2312 miles2009 nmNortheast NE
PapeeteThu 9:38 AM3782 km2350 miles2042 nmWest-southwest WSW
HermosilloThu 12:38 PM3803 km2363 miles2053 nmNorth N
ManaguaThu 1:38 PM3917 km2434 miles2115 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaThu 1:38 PM3926 km2439 miles2120 nmEast-northeast ENE
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