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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 17:56:00 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 17:56:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 29' South, Longitude: 92° 01' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.82 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"1033.04 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.02 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.1"4.92 miwest0° 22' 55.3"26.25 misouth26.71 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 17:56:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 49' North, Longitude: 161° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.64 meters/second, 1510.7 km/hour, 938.7 miles/hour or 815.7 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' 01.6"0.03 misouth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.6"938.38 miwest0° 01' 38.2"1.88 misouth938.47 mi
24 hours11° 42' 23.8"757.07 mieast1° 06' 11.8"75.89 misouth763.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsSat 11:56 AM573 km356 miles309 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuayaquilSat 12:56 PM1393 km866 miles752 nmEast-northeast ENE
QuitoSat 12:56 PM1610 km1001 miles869 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaSat 12:56 PM1801 km1119 miles972 nmEast-southeast ESE
San JoseSat 11:56 AM1918 km1192 miles1035 nmNorth-northeast NNE
CaliSat 12:56 PM1985 km1233 miles1072 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManaguaSat 11:56 AM2050 km1274 miles1107 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaSat 12:56 PM2117 km1316 miles1143 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSat 11:56 AM2143 km1332 miles1157 nmNorth N
TegucigalpaSat 11:56 AM2227 km1384 miles1202 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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