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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 20:08:00 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 20:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 45' South, Longitude: 124° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.35 meters/second, 1664.5 km/hour, 1034.2 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"1034.23 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.22 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.9"5.15 miwest0° 23' 02.6"26.39 misouth26.89 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 20:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 19' North, Longitude: 106° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.17 meters/second, 1516.2 km/hour, 942.1 miles/hour or 818.7 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"0.05 minorth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.1"941.81 miwest0° 02' 48.5"3.22 minorth941.68 mi
24 hours11° 37' 53.4"754.66 mieast0° 41' 04.1"47.09 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
AdamstownThu 12:08 PM2317 km1440 miles1251 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Thu 3:08 PM2973 km1847 miles1605 nmSouth-southeast SSE
PapeeteThu 10:08 AM3040 km1889 miles1641 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiFri 10:08 AM3683 km2289 miles1989 nmWest W
Mexico City *Thu 3:08 PM3885 km2414 miles2098 nmNortheast NE
Galapagos IslandsThu 2:08 PM3944 km2451 miles2130 nmEast E
HermosilloThu 1:08 PM4026 km2502 miles2174 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RarotongaThu 10:08 AM4187 km2601 miles2261 nmWest-southwest WSW
Los Angeles *Thu 1:08 PM4350 km2703 miles2349 nmNorth N
GuatemalaThu 2:08 PM4352 km2704 miles2350 nmEast-northeast ENE
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