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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 08:00:00 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 08:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 05' South, Longitude: 56° 52' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.33 meters/second, 1660.8 km/hour, 1032.0 miles/hour or 896.7 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"1031.93 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.91 mi
24 hours0° 04' 06.4"4.71 miwest0° 22' 48.1"26.11 misouth26.53 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 08:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 38' North, Longitude: 30° 52' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.44 meters/second, 1531.6 km/hour, 951.7 miles/hour or 827.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.86 miwest0° 00' 05.1"0.10 misouth15.86 mi
1 hour14° 30' 52.0"951.41 miwest0° 05' 16.9"6.05 misouth951.67 mi
24 hours11° 37' 20.9"761.92 mieast2° 31' 32.8"173.70 misouth786.71 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaMon 12:00 Noon225 km140 miles122 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisMon 12:00 Noon1560 km969 miles842 nmSouth S
MogadishuMon 11:00 AM1565 km973 miles845 nmNorthwest NW
MoroniMon 11:00 AM1620 km1007 miles875 nmWest-southwest WSW
Saint-DenisMon 12:00 Noon1644 km1022 miles888 nmSouth S
Diego GarciaMon 2:00 PM1724 km1071 miles931 nmEast E
AntananarivoMon 11:00 AM1745 km1084 miles942 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamMon 11:00 AM1947 km1210 miles1051 nmWest W
MaleMon 1:00 PM2169 km1348 miles1171 nmEast-northeast ENE
NairobiMon 11:00 AM2290 km1423 miles1236 nmWest-northwest WNW
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