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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 17:16:00 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 17:16:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 28' South, Longitude: 82° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.83 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"1033.06 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.04 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.3"4.92 miwest0° 22' 55.4"26.25 misouth26.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 17:16:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 50' North, Longitude: 171° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.59 meters/second, 1510.5 km/hour, 938.6 miles/hour or 815.6 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"938.27 miwest0° 01' 34.4"1.80 misouth938.36 mi
24 hours348° 17' 33.7"757.03 miwest1° 04' 38.6"74.11 misouth763.29 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PiuraSat 12:16 PM155 km96 miles84 nmEast E
LojaSat 12:16 PM351 km218 miles190 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilSat 12:16 PM429 km267 miles232 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PortoviejoSat 12:16 PM518 km322 miles280 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AmbatoSat 12:16 PM599 km372 miles323 nmNortheast NE
Santo Domingo (Ecuador)Sat 12:16 PM657 km408 miles355 nmNorth-northeast NNE
QuitoSat 12:16 PM698 km434 miles377 nmNortheast NE
LimaSat 12:16 PM912 km567 miles492 nmSoutheast SE
Galapagos IslandsSat 11:16 AM983 km611 miles531 nmWest-northwest WNW
CaliSat 12:16 PM1156 km718 miles624 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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