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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 07:28:00 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 Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 07:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 19' South, Longitude: 65° 01' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.95 meters/second, 1663.0 km/hour, 1033.3 miles/hour or 898.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.22 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.22 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.9"1033.32 miwest0° 00' 57.4"1.10 misouth1033.31 mi
24 hours0° 04' 19.9"4.97 miwest0° 22' 57.1"26.28 misouth26.75 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 07:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 60' North, Longitude: 46° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.13 meters/second, 1508.9 km/hour, 937.6 miles/hour or 814.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.63 miwest0° 00' 00.6"0.01 misouth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 43.9"937.23 miwest0° 00' 36.5"0.70 misouth937.26 mi
24 hours11° 42' 44.3"756.50 mieast0° 41' 42.6"47.82 misouth759.74 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaSat 1:28 PM849 km527 miles458 nmEast-southeast ESE
VictoriaSat 11:28 AM1063 km661 miles574 nmWest W
MaleSat 12:28 PM1411 km877 miles762 nmNortheast NE
Port LouisSat 11:28 AM1834 km1140 miles990 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Saint-DenisSat 11:28 AM2009 km1248 miles1085 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ThiruvananthapuramSat 12:58 PM2022 km1256 miles1092 nmNortheast NE
ColomboSat 12:58 PM2133 km1325 miles1152 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSat 12:58 PM2135 km1327 miles1153 nmNortheast NE
MaduraiSat 12:58 PM2224 km1382 miles1201 nmNortheast NE
MogadishuSat 10:28 AM2334 km1450 miles1260 nmWest-northwest WNW
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