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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 12:08:00 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 Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:08:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 00' South, Longitude: 4° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.17 meters/second, 1663.8 km/hour, 1033.9 miles/hour or 898.4 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"1033.83 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.82 mi
24 hours0° 04' 25.0"5.07 miwest0° 23' 00.2"26.35 misouth26.83 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:08:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 52' North, Longitude: 125° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.54 meters/second, 1510.3 km/hour, 938.5 miles/hour or 815.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.64 miwest0° 00' 01.2"0.03 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.9"938.15 miwest0° 01' 16.7"1.47 minorth938.09 mi
24 hours11° 41' 18.5"755.59 mieast0° 03' 47.0"4.34 minorth755.44 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AbidjanFri 12:08 PM1146 km712 miles619 nmNorth N
JamestownFri 12:08 PM1211 km753 miles654 nmSouth S
AccraFri 12:08 PM1279 km795 miles690 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroFri 12:08 PM1308 km813 miles706 nmNorth N
LomeFri 12:08 PM1408 km875 miles760 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MonroviaFri 12:08 PM1412 km877 miles762 nmNorth-northwest NNW
São ToméFri 12:08 PM1424 km885 miles769 nmEast-northeast ENE
Porto NovoFri 1:08 PM1522 km946 miles822 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LagosFri 1:08 PM1565 km972 miles845 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleFri 1:08 PM1706 km1060 miles921 nmEast-northeast ENE
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