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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 16:36:00 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 16:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 27' South, Longitude: 72° 01' 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"1033.07 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.06 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.4"4.93 miwest0° 22' 55.5"26.25 misouth26.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 16:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 51' North, Longitude: 179° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.54 meters/second, 1510.4 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' 01.5"0.03 misouth15.64 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.7"938.17 miwest0° 01' 30.4"1.73 misouth938.25 mi
24 hours11° 42' 28.7"756.99 mieast1° 03' 05.4"72.33 misouth763.02 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
IquitosSat 11:36 AM233 km145 miles126 nmNorthwest NW
Rio BrancoSat 12:36 PM682 km424 miles368 nmSoutheast SE
CobijaSat 12:36 PM712 km443 miles385 nmSouth-southeast SSE
MitúSat 11:36 AM768 km477 miles415 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LojaSat 11:36 AM814 km506 miles440 nmWest W
Machu Picchu PuebloSat 11:36 AM854 km530 miles461 nmSouth S
FlorenciaSat 11:36 AM878 km546 miles474 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RiberaltaSat 12:36 PM899 km558 miles485 nmSoutheast SE
LimaSat 11:36 AM916 km569 miles494 nmSouthwest SW
QuitoSat 11:36 AM924 km574 miles499 nmNorthwest NW
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