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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 18:54:00 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 18:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 52' South, Longitude: 106° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.50 meters/second, 1661.4 km/hour, 1032.4 miles/hour or 897.1 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"1032.32 miwest0° 00' 57.1"1.09 misouth1032.31 mi
24 hours0° 04' 10.2"4.78 miwest0° 22' 50.6"26.16 misouth26.60 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 18:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 39' North, Longitude: 159° 16' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.82 meters/second, 1522.1 km/hour, 945.8 miles/hour or 821.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.76 miwest0° 00' 04.0"0.08 misouth15.76 mi
1 hour14° 30' 47.0"945.52 miwest0° 04' 03.2"4.65 misouth945.73 mi
24 hours11° 39' 25.2"759.53 mieast2° 03' 05.0"141.09 misouth777.11 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsSun 12:54 PM1966 km1222 miles1062 nmEast-northeast ENE
Easter Island *Sun 1:54 PM2365 km1470 miles1277 nmSouth S
Acapulco *Sun 1:54 PM2618 km1627 miles1413 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaSun 12:54 PM2877 km1787 miles1553 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorSun 12:54 PM2895 km1799 miles1563 nmNortheast NE
Mexico City *Sun 1:54 PM2915 km1811 miles1574 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaSun 12:54 PM3006 km1868 miles1623 nmNortheast NE
San JoseSun 12:54 PM3047 km1893 miles1645 nmNortheast NE
TegucigalpaSun 12:54 PM3073 km1909 miles1659 nmNortheast NE
QuitoSun 1:54 PM3183 km1978 miles1719 nmEast E
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