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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 12:36:00 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 12:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 23' South, Longitude: 11° 60' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.89 meters/second, 1662.8 km/hour, 1033.2 miles/hour or 897.8 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"1033.18 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.17 mi
24 hours0° 04' 18.5"4.95 miwest0° 22' 56.2"26.27 misouth26.73 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 12:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 56' North, Longitude: 121° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.31 meters/second, 1509.5 km/hour, 938.0 miles/hour or 815.1 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' 43.1"937.65 miwest0° 01' 06.9"1.28 misouth937.71 mi
24 hours11° 42' 39.5"756.76 mieast0° 53' 44.8"61.62 misouth761.48 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MonroviaSat 12:36 PM1301 km809 miles703 nmNorth N
JamestownSat 12:36 PM1352 km840 miles730 nmSouth-southeast SSE
AbidjanSat 12:36 PM1480 km919 miles799 nmNortheast NE
FreetownSat 12:36 PM1541 km957 miles832 nmNorth N
YamoussoukroSat 12:36 PM1543 km959 miles833 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ConakrySat 12:36 PM1659 km1031 miles896 nmNorth N
AccraSat 12:36 PM1784 km1108 miles963 nmNortheast NE
LomeSat 12:36 PM1945 km1208 miles1050 nmNortheast NE
BissauSat 12:36 PM1949 km1211 miles1052 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BamakoSat 12:36 PM2043 km1269 miles1103 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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