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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 08:20:00 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 08:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 42' South, Longitude: 51° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.64 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"1032.63 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1032.62 mi
24 hours0° 04' 13.1"4.84 miwest0° 22' 52.6"26.20 misouth26.64 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 08:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 16' North, Longitude: 47° 23' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.15 meters/second, 1516.2 km/hour, 942.1 miles/hour or 818.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.70 miwest0° 00' 03.0"0.06 misouth15.70 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.1"941.79 miwest0° 03' 02.4"3.49 misouth941.95 mi
24 hours11° 40' 56.9"758.23 mieast1° 39' 21.0"113.90 misouth770.61 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaSun 12:20 PM407 km253 miles220 nmEast-northeast ENE
MogadishuSun 11:20 AM1128 km701 miles609 nmNorthwest NW
MoroniSun 11:20 AM1162 km722 miles627 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamSun 11:20 AM1406 km873 miles759 nmWest W
AntananarivoSun 11:20 AM1538 km956 miles831 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Port LouisSun 12:20 PM1709 km1062 miles923 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Saint-DenisSun 12:20 PM1721 km1069 miles929 nmSouth-southeast SSE
NairobiSun 11:20 AM1750 km1087 miles945 nmWest-northwest WNW
DodomaSun 11:20 AM1794 km1115 miles969 nmWest W
DjiboutiSun 11:20 AM2146 km1334 miles1159 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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