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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 11:46:00 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 11:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 23' South, Longitude: 0° 30' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.90 meters/second, 1662.8 km/hour, 1033.2 miles/hour or 897.9 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' 10.8"1033.21 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.19 mi
24 hours0° 04' 18.8"4.95 miwest0° 22' 56.3"26.27 misouth26.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 57' North, Longitude: 108° 55' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.27 meters/second, 1509.4 km/hour, 937.9 miles/hour or 815.0 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' 01.0"0.02 misouth15.63 mi
1 hour14° 30' 43.2"937.56 miwest0° 01' 01.8"1.18 misouth937.62 mi
24 hours11° 42' 41.0"756.72 mieast0° 51' 47.8"59.39 misouth761.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméSat 11:46 AM937 km583 miles506 nmNortheast NE
LibrevilleSat 12:46 PM1182 km735 miles638 nmEast-northeast ENE
AccraSat 11:46 AM1210 km752 miles654 nmNorth N
LomeSat 11:46 AM1275 km792 miles688 nmNorth N
AbidjanSat 11:46 AM1285 km799 miles694 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Porto NovoSat 12:46 PM1333 km828 miles720 nmNorth N
LagosSat 12:46 PM1346 km836 miles727 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JamestownSat 11:46 AM1350 km839 miles729 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MalaboSat 12:46 PM1367 km850 miles738 nmNortheast NE
LuandaSat 12:46 PM1457 km905 miles787 nmEast-southeast ESE
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