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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 08:28:00 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 08:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 4° 56' South, Longitude: 50° 05' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.21 meters/second, 1664.0 km/hour, 1033.9 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"1033.92 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.91 mi
24 hours0° 04' 25.9"5.09 miwest0° 23' 00.8"26.36 misouth26.84 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 08:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 47' North, Longitude: 72° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.81 meters/second, 1511.3 km/hour, 939.1 miles/hour or 816.0 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' 01.7"0.03 minorth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.2"938.77 miwest0° 01' 38.0"1.87 minorth938.68 mi
24 hours11° 40' 42.4"755.40 mieast0° 12' 22.8"14.20 minorth755.02 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaFri 12:28 PM596 km371 miles322 nmEast E
MogadishuFri 11:28 AM935 km581 miles505 nmNorthwest NW
KismayoFri 11:28 AM980 km609 miles529 nmWest-northwest WNW
MutsamuduFri 11:28 AM1015 km630 miles548 nmSouthwest SW
MamoutzouFri 11:28 AM1018 km633 miles550 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MoroniFri 11:28 AM1059 km658 miles572 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamFri 11:28 AM1214 km754 miles655 nmWest W
NairobiFri 11:28 AM1529 km950 miles826 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoFri 11:28 AM1571 km976 miles848 nmSouth S
DodomaFri 11:28 AM1595 km991 miles861 nmWest W
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