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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 20:54:00 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 20:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 54' South, Longitude: 136° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.48 meters/second, 1661.3 km/hour, 1032.3 miles/hour or 897.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.20 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.20 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.4"1032.26 miwest0° 00' 57.1"1.09 misouth1032.25 mi
24 hours0° 04' 09.5"4.77 miwest0° 22' 50.3"26.15 misouth26.59 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 20:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 30' North, Longitude: 130° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 423.18 meters/second, 1523.5 km/hour, 946.6 miles/hour or 822.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.78 miwest0° 00' 04.2"0.08 misouth15.78 mi
1 hour14° 30' 47.8"946.34 miwest0° 04' 14.6"4.87 misouth946.56 mi
24 hours11° 39' 06.3"759.83 mieast2° 07' 30.1"146.15 misouth778.47 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeSun 11:24 AM469 km291 miles253 nmSouthwest SW
PapeeteSun 10:54 AM1909 km1186 miles1031 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownSun 12:54 PM2231 km1386 miles1205 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiMon 10:54 AM2460 km1529 miles1328 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSun 10:54 AM3020 km1877 miles1631 nmSouthwest SW
Easter Island *Sun 3:54 PM3719 km2311 miles2008 nmSoutheast SE
HonoluluSun 10:54 AM3802 km2362 miles2053 nmNorthwest NW
FakaofoMon 9:54 AM3839 km2386 miles2073 nmWest W
AlofiSun 9:54 AM3892 km2419 miles2102 nmWest-southwest WSW
Apia *Mon 10:54 AM3951 km2455 miles2134 nmWest-southwest WSW
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