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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 14:14:00 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 14:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 11' South, Longitude: 36° 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"1031.73 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 14:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 04' North, Longitude: 121° 20' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.87 meters/second, 1536.7 km/hour, 954.9 miles/hour or 829.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.91 miwest0° 00' 05.7"0.11 misouth15.91 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.6"954.61 miwest0° 05' 51.0"6.71 misouth954.90 mi
24 hours11° 36' 25.3"763.43 mieast2° 44' 38.6"188.69 misouth791.87 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MossoróMon 11:14 AM133 km83 miles72 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Campina GrandeMon 11:14 AM149 km92 miles80 nmSoutheast SE
NatalMon 11:14 AM161 km100 miles87 nmEast-northeast ENE
João PessoaMon 11:14 AM220 km137 miles119 nmEast-southeast ESE
CaruaruMon 11:14 AM243 km151 miles131 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RecifeMon 11:14 AM288 km179 miles156 nmSoutheast SE
FortalezaMon 11:14 AM344 km214 miles186 nmNorthwest NW
MaceióMon 11:14 AM399 km248 miles215 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Fernando de NoronhaMon 12:14 PM532 km331 miles288 nmEast-northeast ENE
SalvadorMon 11:14 AM777 km483 miles420 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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