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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 20:20:00 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 20:20:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 54' South, Longitude: 128° 06' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.48 meters/second, 1661.3 km/hour, 1032.3 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' 10.4"1032.28 miwest0° 00' 57.1"1.09 misouth1032.26 mi
24 hours0° 04' 09.8"4.77 miwest0° 22' 50.4"26.16 misouth26.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 20:20:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 33' North, Longitude: 138° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.08 meters/second, 1523.1 km/hour, 946.4 miles/hour or 822.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.77 miwest0° 00' 04.1"0.08 misouth15.77 mi
1 hour14° 30' 47.5"946.10 miwest0° 04' 11.4"4.81 misouth946.32 mi
24 hours11° 39' 11.7"759.75 mieast2° 06' 15.2"144.72 misouth778.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownSun 12:20 PM2132 km1325 miles1151 nmSouth S
PapeeteSun 10:20 AM2667 km1657 miles1440 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Sun 3:20 PM3074 km1910 miles1660 nmSoutheast SE
KiritimatiMon 10:20 AM3362 km2089 miles1815 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSun 10:20 AM3813 km2369 miles2059 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico City *Sun 3:20 PM4233 km2630 miles2286 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloSun 1:20 PM4282 km2660 miles2312 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Galapagos IslandsSun 2:20 PM4312 km2679 miles2328 nmEast E
HonoluluSun 10:20 AM4429 km2752 miles2392 nmNorthwest NW
Los Angeles *Sun 1:20 PM4541 km2822 miles2452 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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