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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 Monday, October 8, 2012 at 02:00:00 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 Monday, October 8, 2012 at 02:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 5° 59' South, Longitude: 146° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.41 meters/second, 1661.1 km/hour, 1032.1 miles/hour or 896.9 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"1032.11 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1032.09 mi
24 hours0° 04' 08.2"4.74 miwest0° 22' 49.3"26.14 misouth26.56 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 02:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 08' North, Longitude: 56° 13' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 424.17 meters/second, 1527.0 km/hour, 948.8 miles/hour or 824.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.7"15.81 miwest0° 00' 04.6"0.09 misouth15.81 mi
1 hour14° 30' 49.5"948.55 miwest0° 04' 43.5"5.42 misouth948.80 mi
24 hours11° 38' 17.6"760.70 mieast2° 18' 39.5"158.93 misouth782.10 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LaeMon 12:00 Noon83 km52 miles45 nmSouth S
Mount HagenMon 12:00 Noon295 km183 miles159 nmWest W
Port MoresbyMon 12:00 Noon385 km239 miles208 nmSouth S
JayapuraMon 11:00 AM785 km488 miles424 nmWest-northwest WNW
BukaMon 12:00 Noon864 km537 miles467 nmEast E
ArawaMon 12:00 Noon961 km597 miles519 nmEast E
CairnsMon 12:00 Noon1216 km755 miles656 nmSouth S
HoniaraMon 1:00 PM1491 km926 miles805 nmEast-southeast ESE
ManokwariMon 11:00 AM1533 km953 miles828 nmWest-northwest WNW
PalikirMon 1:00 PM1899 km1180 miles1025 nmNortheast NE
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