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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 Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 01:18:00 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 Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 01:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 13' South, Longitude: 157° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 462.02 meters/second, 1663.3 km/hour, 1033.5 miles/hour or 898.1 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' 10.9"1033.49 miwest0° 00' 57.4"1.10 misouth1033.48 mi
24 hours0° 04' 21.6"5.01 miwest0° 22' 58.1"26.30 misouth26.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 01:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 02' North, Longitude: 42° 58' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.07 meters/second, 1508.6 km/hour, 937.4 miles/hour or 814.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.62 miwest0° 00' 00.0"0.00 minorth15.62 mi
1 hour14° 30' 45.5"937.10 miwest0° 00' 00.3"0.00 misouth937.10 mi
24 hours11° 42' 35.5"756.21 mieast0° 27' 12.3"31.19 misouth757.99 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArawaSat 11:18 AM245 km153 miles133 nmWest-southwest WSW
BukaSat 11:18 AM318 km198 miles172 nmWest W
GizoSat 12:18 PM329 km204 miles178 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HoniaraSat 12:18 PM538 km334 miles290 nmSouth-southeast SSE
YarenSat 1:18 PM1164 km723 miles629 nmEast-northeast ENE
Port MoresbySat 11:18 AM1235 km767 miles667 nmWest-southwest WSW
PalikirSat 12:18 PM1343 km834 miles725 nmNorth N
Port VilaSat 12:18 PM1816 km1128 miles980 nmSoutheast SE
CairnsSat 11:18 AM1823 km1133 miles984 nmSouthwest SW
TarawaSat 1:18 PM1869 km1162 miles1009 nmEast-northeast ENE
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