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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 01:20:00 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 Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 13' South, Longitude: 157° 02' 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 misouth1033.47 mi
24 hours0° 04' 21.6"5.00 miwest0° 22' 58.1"26.30 misouth26.78 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 01:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 21° 02' North, Longitude: 42° 29' 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' 00.5"0.01 misouth937.10 mi
24 hours11° 42' 35.5"756.21 mieast0° 27' 17.0"31.28 misouth758.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
ArawaSat 11:20 AM198 km123 miles107 nmSouthwest SW
BukaSat 11:20 AM263 km163 miles142 nmWest W
GizoSat 12:20 PM321 km199 miles173 nmSouth S
HoniaraSat 12:20 PM567 km352 miles306 nmSoutheast SE
Port MoresbySat 11:20 AM1184 km736 miles639 nmWest-southwest WSW
YarenSat 1:20 PM1214 km754 miles656 nmEast-northeast ENE
PalikirSat 12:20 PM1347 km837 miles727 nmNorth N
CairnsSat 11:20 AM1785 km1109 miles964 nmSouthwest SW
JayapuraSat 10:20 AM1837 km1142 miles992 nmWest W
Port VilaSat 12:20 PM1851 km1150 miles1000 nmSoutheast SE
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