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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 07:34:00 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 07:34:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 42' South, Longitude: 63° 27' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.65 meters/second, 1661.9 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"1032.65 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1032.64 mi
24 hours0° 04' 13.4"4.84 miwest0° 22' 52.8"26.20 misouth26.65 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 07:34:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 18' North, Longitude: 36° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.05 meters/second, 1515.8 km/hour, 941.9 miles/hour or 818.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.70 miwest0° 00' 02.9"0.06 misouth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.0"941.55 miwest0° 02' 58.1"3.40 misouth941.71 mi
24 hours11° 41' 02.9"758.16 mieast1° 37' 36.5"111.90 misouth770.19 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaSun 11:34 AM894 km555 miles483 nmWest W
Diego GarciaSun 1:34 PM1009 km627 miles545 nmEast E
MaleSun 12:34 PM1563 km971 miles844 nmNortheast NE
Port LouisSun 11:34 AM1726 km1072 miles932 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Saint-DenisSun 11:34 AM1889 km1174 miles1020 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ThiruvananthapuramSun 1:04 PM2171 km1349 miles1172 nmNortheast NE
MogadishuSun 10:34 AM2187 km1359 miles1181 nmWest-northwest WNW
AntananarivoSun 10:34 AM2264 km1407 miles1222 nmSouthwest SW
ColomboSun 1:04 PM2296 km1427 miles1240 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteSun 1:04 PM2299 km1428 miles1241 nmNortheast NE
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