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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 07:30:00 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 07:30:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 56' South, Longitude: 64° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.23 meters/second, 1664.0 km/hour, 1034.0 miles/hour or 898.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.23 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.23 mi
1 hour15° 00' 11.2"1033.95 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.93 mi
24 hours0° 04' 26.1"5.10 miwest0° 23' 00.9"26.36 misouth26.85 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 07:30:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 45' North, Longitude: 58° 41' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.89 meters/second, 1511.6 km/hour, 939.3 miles/hour or 816.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.65 miwest0° 00' 01.8"0.03 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.8"938.95 miwest0° 01' 43.7"1.98 minorth938.87 mi
24 hours11° 40' 31.7"755.35 mieast0° 14' 38.7"16.79 minorth754.92 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaFri 1:30 PM906 km563 miles489 nmEast-southeast ESE
VictoriaFri 11:30 AM1014 km630 miles548 nmWest W
MaleFri 12:30 PM1413 km878 miles763 nmNortheast NE
Port LouisFri 11:30 AM1853 km1151 miles1000 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ThiruvananthapuramFri 1:00 PM2022 km1256 miles1092 nmNortheast NE
Saint-DenisFri 11:30 AM2023 km1257 miles1092 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ColomboFri 1:00 PM2144 km1332 miles1158 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteFri 1:00 PM2146 km1334 miles1159 nmNortheast NE
MaduraiFri 1:00 PM2224 km1382 miles1201 nmNortheast NE
MogadishuFri 10:30 AM2276 km1414 miles1229 nmWest-northwest WNW
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