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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 23:20:00 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 23:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 48' South, Longitude: 172° 53' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.32 meters/second, 1664.3 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"1034.15 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.14 mi
24 hours0° 04' 28.1"5.14 miwest0° 23' 02.2"26.38 misouth26.88 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 23:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 28' North, Longitude: 59° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.76 meters/second, 1514.7 km/hour, 941.2 miles/hour or 817.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.69 miwest0° 00' 02.5"0.05 minorth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 31' 01.1"940.88 miwest0° 02' 30.4"2.88 minorth940.76 mi
24 hours11° 38' 44.1"754.87 mieast0° 33' 40.1"38.61 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
RawakiFri 12:20 PM269 km167 miles145 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoFri 12:20 PM537 km334 miles290 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Baker IslandThu 11:20 AM681 km423 miles368 nmNorthwest NW
FunafutiFri 11:20 AM965 km600 miles521 nmWest-southwest WSW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Fri 1:20 PM992 km616 miles536 nmSouth S
Apia *Fri 1:20 PM1007 km626 miles544 nmSouth S
AlofiThu 12:20 PM1610 km1000 miles869 nmSouth S
TarawaFri 11:20 AM1714 km1065 miles925 nmWest-northwest WNW
SuvaFri 11:20 AM1753 km1089 miles946 nmSouth-southwest SSW
NukualofaFri 12:20 PM1825 km1134 miles985 nmSouth S
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