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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 22:36:00 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 22:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 33' South, Longitude: 162° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.76 meters/second, 1662.3 km/hour, 1032.9 miles/hour or 897.6 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"1032.91 miwest0° 00' 57.3"1.09 misouth1032.89 mi
24 hours0° 04' 15.8"4.89 miwest0° 22' 54.4"26.23 misouth26.69 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 22:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 40' North, Longitude: 93° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.03 meters/second, 1512.1 km/hour, 939.6 miles/hour or 816.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.66 miwest0° 00' 02.0"0.04 misouth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.8"939.26 miwest0° 02' 05.6"2.40 misouth939.37 mi
24 hours11° 42' 02.0"757.39 mieast1° 17' 01.3"88.31 misouth765.62 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
KiritimatiSun 12:36 PM972 km604 miles525 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RawakiSun 11:36 AM984 km612 miles532 nmWest-northwest WNW
FakaofoSun 11:36 AM1100 km683 miles594 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Sun 12:36 PM1407 km874 miles760 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiSat 11:36 AM1721 km1070 miles929 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Baker IslandSat 10:36 AM1727 km1073 miles933 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSat 12:36 PM1752 km1089 miles946 nmSouth S
PapeeteSat 12:36 PM1897 km1179 miles1024 nmSoutheast SE
FunafutiSun 10:36 AM2097 km1303 miles1133 nmWest W
NukualofaSun 11:36 AM2235 km1389 miles1207 nmSouthwest SW
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