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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 14:10:00 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 14:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 11' South, Longitude: 35° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.24 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 misouth1031.72 mi
24 hours0° 04' 04.6"4.67 miwest0° 22' 46.8"26.09 misouth26.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 14:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 04' North, Longitude: 120° 22' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.85 meters/second, 1536.7 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"954.58 miwest0° 05' 50.7"6.70 misouth954.87 mi
24 hours11° 36' 25.8"763.41 mieast2° 44' 30.3"188.54 misouth791.81 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NatalMon 11:10 AM63 km39 miles34 nmNortheast NE
Campina GrandeMon 11:10 AM120 km75 miles65 nmSouth S
João PessoaMon 11:10 AM132 km82 miles71 nmSoutheast SE
MossoróMon 11:10 AM215 km133 miles116 nmWest-northwest WNW
RecifeMon 11:10 AM229 km142 miles123 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CaruaruMon 11:10 AM231 km144 miles125 nmSouth S
MaceióMon 11:10 AM386 km240 miles208 nmSouth S
FortalezaMon 11:10 AM422 km262 miles228 nmNorthwest NW
Fernando de NoronhaMon 12:10 PM438 km272 miles236 nmNortheast NE
SalvadorMon 11:10 AM813 km505 miles439 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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