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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 Friday, October 5, 2012 at 01:20:00 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 Friday, October 5, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 50' South, Longitude: 157° 07' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.29 meters/second, 1664.3 km/hour, 1034.1 miles/hour or 898.6 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"1034.10 miwest0° 00' 57.6"1.10 misouth1034.09 mi
24 hours0° 04' 27.7"5.13 miwest0° 23' 01.9"26.38 misouth26.87 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 33' North, Longitude: 30° 50' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.52 meters/second, 1513.9 km/hour, 940.7 miles/hour or 817.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"15.68 miwest0° 00' 02.3"0.05 minorth15.68 mi
1 hour14° 30' 59.6"940.35 miwest0° 02' 19.1"2.66 minorth940.24 mi
24 hours11° 39' 13.5"754.99 mieast0° 29' 01.6"33.28 minorth754.53 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArawaFri 11:20 AM231 km143 miles125 nmSouthwest SW
BukaFri 11:20 AM278 km173 miles150 nmWest-southwest WSW
GizoFri 12:20 PM364 km226 miles196 nmSouth S
HoniaraFri 12:20 PM598 km372 miles323 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenFri 1:20 PM1189 km739 miles642 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port MoresbyFri 11:20 AM1209 km751 miles653 nmWest-southwest WSW
PalikirFri 12:20 PM1304 km810 miles704 nmNorth N
CairnsFri 11:20 AM1822 km1132 miles984 nmSouthwest SW
JayapuraFri 10:20 AM1840 km1143 miles993 nmWest W
Port VilaFri 12:20 PM1878 km1167 miles1014 nmSoutheast SE
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