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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 09:54:00 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 09:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 07' South, Longitude: 28° 22' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.30 meters/second, 1660.7 km/hour, 1031.9 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"1031.87 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.85 mi
24 hours0° 04' 05.8"4.70 miwest0° 22' 47.7"26.11 misouth26.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 09:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 28' North, Longitude: 58° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 425.86 meters/second, 1533.1 km/hour, 952.6 miles/hour or 827.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.88 miwest0° 00' 05.3"0.10 misouth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 30' 52.8"952.36 miwest0° 05' 27.3"6.25 misouth952.63 mi
24 hours11° 37' 03.5"762.35 mieast2° 35' 34.4"178.31 misouth788.24 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
RutanaMon 11:54 AM301 km187 miles163 nmNortheast NE
BujumburaMon 11:54 AM323 km200 miles174 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GitegaMon 11:54 AM344 km213 miles185 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RuyigiMon 11:54 AM359 km223 miles194 nmNortheast NE
NgoziMon 11:54 AM390 km242 miles210 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BukavuMon 11:54 AM401 km249 miles217 nmNorth N
ButareMon 11:54 AM417 km259 miles225 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MuyingaMon 11:54 AM422 km262 miles228 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GitaramaMon 11:54 AM471 km293 miles254 nmNorth-northeast NNE
KigaliMon 11:54 AM497 km309 miles268 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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