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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 Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 06:36:00 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 Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 41' South, Longitude: 77° 57' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.66 meters/second, 1662.0 km/hour, 1032.7 miles/hour or 897.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.21 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.21 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.7"1032.68 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1032.67 mi
24 hours0° 04' 13.6"4.85 miwest0° 22' 53.0"26.21 misouth26.65 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 06:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 21' North, Longitude: 22° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.92 meters/second, 1515.3 km/hour, 941.6 miles/hour or 818.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.69 miwest0° 00' 02.7"0.05 misouth15.69 mi
1 hour14° 30' 43.9"941.27 miwest0° 02' 52.4"3.30 misouth941.42 mi
24 hours11° 41' 10.2"758.06 mieast1° 35' 24.2"109.37 misouth769.65 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaSun 12:36 PM638 km397 miles345 nmWest-southwest WSW
Addu CitySun 11:36 AM769 km478 miles415 nmNorthwest NW
MaleSun 11:36 AM1196 km743 miles646 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSun 12:06 PM1407 km874 miles759 nmNorth N
ColomboSun 12:06 PM1409 km875 miles761 nmNorth N
ThiruvananthapuramSun 12:06 PM1572 km977 miles849 nmNorth N
MaduraiSun 12:06 PM1725 km1072 miles931 nmNorth N
BengaluruSun 12:06 PM2063 km1282 miles1114 nmNorth N
ChennaiSun 12:06 PM2091 km1299 miles1129 nmNorth N
VictoriaSun 10:36 AM2497 km1551 miles1348 nmWest W
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