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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 19:28:00 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 19:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 07' South, Longitude: 114° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.09 meters/second, 1663.5 km/hour, 1033.7 miles/hour or 898.2 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"1033.64 miwest0° 00' 57.4"1.10 misouth1033.63 mi
24 hours0° 04' 23.1"5.03 miwest0° 22' 59.1"26.32 misouth26.80 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 5, 2012 at 19:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 60' North, Longitude: 127° 38' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.17 meters/second, 1509.0 km/hour, 937.7 miles/hour or 814.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.63 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 minorth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 48.0"937.34 miwest0° 00' 34.0"0.65 minorth937.31 mi
24 hours11° 42' 11.4"755.94 mieast0° 13' 27.9"15.44 misouth756.66 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Fri 2:28 PM2503 km1555 miles1352 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AdamstownFri 11:28 AM2737 km1701 miles1478 nmSouthwest SW
Galapagos IslandsFri 1:28 PM2855 km1774 miles1542 nmEast E
Mexico City *Fri 2:28 PM3220 km2001 miles1739 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaFri 1:28 PM3467 km2154 miles1872 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorFri 1:28 PM3525 km2190 miles1903 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaFri 1:28 PM3705 km2302 miles2001 nmEast-northeast ENE
TegucigalpaFri 1:28 PM3725 km2315 miles2011 nmNortheast NE
BelmopanFri 1:28 PM3795 km2358 miles2049 nmNortheast NE
San JoseFri 1:28 PM3806 km2365 miles2055 nmEast-northeast ENE
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