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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 11:36:00 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 11:36:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 45' South, Longitude: 2° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.60 meters/second, 1661.8 km/hour, 1032.6 miles/hour or 897.3 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' 10.6"1032.54 miwest0° 00' 57.2"1.09 misouth1032.52 mi
24 hours0° 04' 12.2"4.82 miwest0° 22' 52.0"26.19 misouth26.63 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 11:36:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 05' North, Longitude: 94° 47' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 421.62 meters/second, 1517.8 km/hour, 943.1 miles/hour or 819.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.6"15.72 miwest0° 00' 03.2"0.06 misouth15.72 mi
1 hour14° 30' 44.9"942.84 miwest0° 03' 21.3"3.85 misouth943.01 mi
24 hours11° 40' 30.3"758.58 mieast1° 46' 45.1"122.38 misouth772.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméSun 11:36 AM795 km494 miles429 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port-GentilSun 12:36 PM855 km531 miles462 nmNortheast NE
Santo António (Príncipe)Sun 11:36 AM958 km595 miles517 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleSun 12:36 PM994 km618 miles537 nmNortheast NE
Pointe-NoireSun 12:36 PM997 km619 miles538 nmEast E
LuandaSun 12:36 PM1187 km738 miles641 nmEast-southeast ESE
MalaboSun 12:36 PM1237 km769 miles668 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraSun 11:36 AM1298 km806 miles701 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeSun 11:36 AM1328 km825 miles717 nmNorth N
LagosSun 12:36 PM1351 km840 miles730 nmNorth N
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