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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 16:26:00 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 16:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 27' South, Longitude: 69° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.84 meters/second, 1662.6 km/hour, 1033.1 miles/hour or 897.7 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"1033.08 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.07 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.4"4.93 miwest0° 22' 55.5"26.26 misouth26.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 16:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 51' North, Longitude: 176° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.53 meters/second, 1510.3 km/hour, 938.5 miles/hour or 815.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.64 miwest0° 00' 01.3"0.03 misouth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.7"938.15 miwest0° 01' 29.3"1.71 misouth938.23 mi
24 hours11° 42' 29.3"756.98 mieast1° 02' 42.1"71.89 misouth762.95 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
EirunepéSat 12:26 PM140 km87 miles75 nmSouth-southwest SSW
TabatingaSat 12:26 PM143 km89 miles77 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Rio BrancoSat 12:26 PM535 km332 miles289 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CobijaSat 12:26 PM622 km386 miles336 nmSouth S
RiberaltaSat 12:26 PM723 km449 miles390 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MitúSat 11:26 AM746 km464 miles403 nmNorth N
Machu Picchu PuebloSat 11:26 AM914 km568 miles493 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ManausSat 12:26 PM1084 km674 miles586 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaSat 11:26 AM1104 km686 miles596 nmSouthwest SW
QuitoSat 11:26 AM1154 km717 miles623 nmWest-northwest WNW
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