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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 06:54:00 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 Monday, October 8, 2012 at 06:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 04' South, Longitude: 73° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.34 meters/second, 1660.8 km/hour, 1032.0 miles/hour or 896.8 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' 10.3"1031.96 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.95 mi
24 hours0° 04' 06.7"4.71 miwest0° 22' 48.3"26.12 misouth26.54 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 06:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 44' North, Longitude: 14° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.20 meters/second, 1530.7 km/hour, 951.1 miles/hour or 826.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.85 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 misouth15.85 mi
1 hour14° 30' 51.5"950.86 miwest0° 05' 10.8"5.94 misouth951.13 mi
24 hours11° 37' 31.2"761.68 mieast2° 29' 12.2"171.01 misouth785.84 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaMon 12:54 PM176 km109 miles95 nmSouthwest SW
Addu CityMon 11:54 AM596 km370 miles322 nmNorth N
MaleMon 11:54 AM1132 km704 miles611 nmNorth N
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteMon 12:24 PM1606 km998 miles867 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ColomboMon 12:24 PM1606 km998 miles867 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ThiruvananthapuramMon 12:24 PM1659 km1031 miles896 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MaduraiMon 12:24 PM1844 km1146 miles996 nmNorth-northeast NNE
VictoriaMon 10:54 AM1993 km1238 miles1076 nmWest W
BengaluruMon 12:24 PM2155 km1339 miles1164 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ChennaiMon 12:24 PM2251 km1398 miles1215 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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