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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 14:28:00 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 14:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 02' South, Longitude: 39° 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 14:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 55' North, Longitude: 159° 48' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.40 meters/second, 1509.8 km/hour, 938.2 miles/hour or 815.2 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' 50.5"937.83 miwest0° 01' 03.2"1.21 minorth937.78 mi
24 hours11° 41' 38.1"755.70 mieast0° 01' 41.9"1.95 misouth755.78 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
SobralFri 11:28 AM149 km93 miles81 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FortalezaFri 11:28 AM207 km128 miles112 nmNortheast NE
Juàzeiro do NorteFri 11:28 AM246 km153 miles133 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NatalFri 11:28 AM525 km326 miles284 nmEast E
RecifeFri 11:28 AM653 km406 miles353 nmEast-southeast ESE
Fernando de NoronhaFri 12:28 PM843 km524 miles455 nmEast E
SalvadorFri 11:28 AM891 km554 miles481 nmSouth S
BelémFri 11:28 AM1030 km640 miles556 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaFri 11:28 AM1473 km916 miles796 nmSouthwest SW
CayenneFri 11:28 AM1765 km1097 miles953 nmNorthwest NW
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