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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 23:36:00 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 23:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 34' South, Longitude: 177° 02' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.75 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"1032.88 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1032.87 mi
24 hours0° 04' 15.5"4.89 miwest0° 22' 54.2"26.23 misouth26.68 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 23:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 38' North, Longitude: 79° 21' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.12 meters/second, 1512.4 km/hour, 939.8 miles/hour or 816.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.66 miwest0° 00' 02.1"0.04 misouth15.66 mi
1 hour14° 30' 42.8"939.48 miwest0° 02' 11.6"2.51 misouth939.59 mi
24 hours11° 41' 56.5"757.47 mieast1° 19' 20.0"90.95 misouth766.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiSun 11:36 AM527 km328 miles285 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandSat 11:36 AM640 km398 miles346 nmNorth N
RawakiSun 12:36 PM730 km454 miles394 nmEast-northeast ENE
FakaofoSun 12:36 PM766 km476 miles413 nmSoutheast SE
Apia *Sun 1:36 PM1081 km672 miles584 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TarawaSun 11:36 AM1351 km839 miles729 nmNorthwest NW
SuvaSun 11:36 AM1475 km917 miles797 nmSouth-southwest SSW
AlofiSat 12:36 PM1680 km1044 miles907 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NukualofaSun 12:36 PM1734 km1077 miles936 nmSouth S
YarenSun 11:36 AM1868 km1161 miles1009 nmWest-northwest WNW
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