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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 15:14:00 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 15:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 12' South, Longitude: 51° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.23 meters/second, 1660.4 km/hour, 1031.7 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"1031.70 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.69 mi
24 hours0° 04' 04.2"4.67 miwest0° 22' 46.6"26.08 misouth26.50 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 15:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 58' North, Longitude: 135° 51' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.11 meters/second, 1537.6 km/hour, 955.4 miles/hour or 830.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.92 miwest0° 00' 05.9"0.11 misouth15.92 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.9"955.15 miwest0° 05' 56.5"6.81 misouth955.44 mi
24 hours11° 36' 16.8"763.69 mieast2° 46' 42.8"191.07 misouth792.73 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São Félix do XinguMon 12:14 PM61 km38 miles33 nmSouthwest SW
SantarémMon 12:14 PM539 km335 miles291 nmNorthwest NW
BelémMon 12:14 PM632 km393 miles341 nmNortheast NE
ManausMon 11:14 AM990 km615 miles534 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaMon 12:14 PM1139 km707 miles615 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CayenneMon 12:14 PM1233 km766 miles666 nmNorth N
ParamariboMon 12:14 PM1385 km861 miles748 nmNorth-northwest NNW
FortalezaMon 12:14 PM1474 km916 miles796 nmEast E
GeorgetownMon 11:14 AM1610 km1001 miles869 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SalvadorMon 12:14 PM1627 km1011 miles878 nmEast-southeast ESE
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