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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 18:26:00 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 18:26:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 29' South, Longitude: 99° 31' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.82 meters/second, 1662.5 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"1033.02 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.10 misouth1033.01 mi
24 hours0° 04' 17.0"4.92 miwest0° 22' 55.2"26.25 misouth26.70 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 18:26:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 48' North, Longitude: 154° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 419.67 meters/second, 1510.8 km/hour, 938.8 miles/hour or 815.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.65 miwest0° 00' 01.6"0.03 misouth15.65 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.6"938.46 miwest0° 01' 41.1"1.93 misouth938.55 mi
24 hours11° 42' 21.8"757.11 mieast1° 07' 21.5"77.23 misouth763.78 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 12:26 PM1213 km754 miles655 nmEast-northeast ENE
GuayaquilSat 1:26 PM2208 km1372 miles1192 nmEast E
QuitoSat 1:26 PM2407 km1496 miles1300 nmEast-northeast ENE
San SalvadorSat 12:26 PM2409 km1497 miles1301 nmNorth-northeast NNE
San JoseSat 12:26 PM2416 km1501 miles1304 nmNortheast NE
GuatemalaSat 12:26 PM2434 km1512 miles1314 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaSat 12:26 PM2440 km1516 miles1318 nmNortheast NE
Acapulco *Sat 1:26 PM2471 km1535 miles1334 nmNorth N
TegucigalpaSat 12:26 PM2554 km1587 miles1379 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LimaSat 1:26 PM2576 km1601 miles1391 nmEast-southeast ESE
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