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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 14:04:00 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 14:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 48' South, Longitude: 34° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.57 meters/second, 1661.6 km/hour, 1032.5 miles/hour or 897.2 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"1032.46 miwest0° 00' 57.1"1.09 misouth1032.45 mi
24 hours0° 04' 11.6"4.81 miwest0° 22' 51.6"26.18 misouth26.62 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 14:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 57' North, Longitude: 130° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.00 meters/second, 1519.2 km/hour, 944.0 miles/hour or 820.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.73 miwest0° 00' 03.4"0.07 misouth15.73 mi
1 hour14° 30' 45.5"943.69 miwest0° 03' 35.6"4.12 misouth943.88 mi
24 hours11° 40' 09.2"758.88 mieast1° 52' 18.2"128.74 misouth774.00 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NatalSun 11:04 AM130 km81 miles70 nmWest W
João PessoaSun 11:04 AM170 km105 miles92 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RecifeSun 11:04 AM270 km168 miles146 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Fernando de NoronhaSun 12:04 PM279 km173 miles151 nmNortheast NE
MaceióSun 11:04 AM465 km289 miles251 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FortalezaSun 11:04 AM549 km341 miles296 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorSun 11:04 AM929 km577 miles502 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BelémSun 11:04 AM1671 km1038 miles902 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaSun 11:04 AM1870 km1162 miles1010 nmSouthwest SW
Rio de JaneiroSun 11:04 AM2137 km1328 miles1154 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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