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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 14:20:00 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 14:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 02' South, Longitude: 37° 56' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.15 meters/second, 1663.7 km/hour, 1033.8 miles/hour or 898.3 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' 11.0"1033.77 miwest0° 00' 57.5"1.10 misouth1033.76 mi
24 hours0° 04' 24.4"5.06 miwest0° 22' 59.9"26.34 misouth26.82 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 14:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' North, Longitude: 157° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.40 meters/second, 1509.8 km/hour, 938.2 miles/hour or 815.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.64 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 minorth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 50.6"937.85 miwest0° 01' 04.0"1.22 minorth937.79 mi
24 hours11° 41' 37.2"755.70 mieast0° 01' 23.1"1.59 misouth755.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MossoróFri 11:20 AM72 km44 miles39 nmEast-southeast ESE
FortalezaFri 11:20 AM159 km99 miles86 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NatalFri 11:20 AM308 km191 miles166 nmEast-southeast ESE
RecifeFri 11:20 AM478 km297 miles258 nmSoutheast SE
MaceióFri 11:20 AM567 km352 miles306 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Fernando de NoronhaFri 12:20 PM625 km388 miles337 nmEast-northeast ENE
SalvadorFri 11:20 AM879 km546 miles475 nmSouth S
BelémFri 11:20 AM1238 km769 miles668 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaFri 11:20 AM1612 km1002 miles871 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneFri 11:20 AM1944 km1208 miles1050 nmNorthwest NW
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