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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 08:14:00 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 08:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 05' South, Longitude: 53° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.32 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"1031.92 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.90 mi
24 hours0° 04' 06.4"4.71 miwest0° 22' 48.0"26.11 misouth26.53 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 08:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 37' North, Longitude: 34° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.49 meters/second, 1531.8 km/hour, 951.8 miles/hour or 827.1 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' 05.2"0.10 misouth15.86 mi
1 hour14° 30' 52.1"951.52 miwest0° 05' 18.2"6.08 misouth951.79 mi
24 hours11° 37' 18.7"761.97 mieast2° 32' 02.6"174.27 misouth786.90 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaMon 12:14 PM282 km175 miles152 nmNortheast NE
MogadishuMon 11:14 AM1267 km787 miles684 nmNorthwest NW
MoroniMon 11:14 AM1273 km791 miles687 nmWest-southwest WSW
AntananarivoMon 11:14 AM1555 km966 miles840 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Dar es SalaamMon 11:14 AM1560 km969 miles842 nmWest W
Port LouisMon 12:14 PM1620 km1007 miles875 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Saint-DenisMon 12:14 PM1652 km1027 miles892 nmSouth S
NairobiMon 11:14 AM1914 km1189 miles1033 nmWest-northwest WNW
DodomaMon 11:14 AM1951 km1212 miles1054 nmWest W
Diego GarciaMon 2:14 PM2110 km1311 miles1139 nmEast E
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