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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 14:00:00 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 14:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 11' South, Longitude: 33° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.25 meters/second, 1660.5 km/hour, 1031.8 miles/hour or 896.6 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' 10.2"1031.74 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.73 mi
24 hours0° 04' 04.7"4.67 miwest0° 22' 46.8"26.09 misouth26.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 14:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 05' North, Longitude: 117° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.81 meters/second, 1536.5 km/hour, 954.8 miles/hour or 829.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.91 miwest0° 00' 05.7"0.11 misouth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.4"954.49 miwest0° 05' 49.8"6.68 misouth954.78 mi
24 hours11° 36' 27.2"763.37 mieast2° 44' 09.6"188.14 misouth791.67 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
João PessoaMon 11:00 AM218 km135 miles118 nmWest-southwest WSW
NatalMon 11:00 AM237 km147 miles128 nmWest W
Fernando de NoronhaMon 12:00 Noon264 km164 miles143 nmNorth-northeast NNE
RecifeMon 11:00 AM287 km178 miles155 nmSouthwest SW
MaceióMon 11:00 AM480 km298 miles259 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaMon 11:00 AM660 km410 miles356 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorMon 11:00 AM952 km592 miles514 nmSouthwest SW
BelémMon 11:00 AM1782 km1107 miles962 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaMon 11:00 AM1928 km1198 miles1041 nmSouthwest SW
Rio de JaneiroMon 11:00 AM2148 km1334 miles1160 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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