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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 16:04:00 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 16:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 13' South, Longitude: 64° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.22 meters/second, 1660.4 km/hour, 1031.7 miles/hour or 896.5 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"1031.68 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.66 mi
24 hours0° 04' 04.0"4.66 miwest0° 22' 46.4"26.08 misouth26.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 16:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 53' North, Longitude: 147° 57' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 427.31 meters/second, 1538.3 km/hour, 955.9 miles/hour or 830.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.93 miwest0° 00' 06.0"0.11 misouth15.93 mi
1 hour14° 30' 55.3"955.60 miwest0° 06' 00.9"6.90 misouth955.89 mi
24 hours11° 36' 10.0"763.92 mieast2° 48' 26.0"193.03 misouth793.46 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoMon 12:04 PM282 km175 miles152 nmSouth S
RiberaltaMon 12:04 PM571 km355 miles308 nmSouth-southwest SSW
ManausMon 12:04 PM572 km355 miles309 nmNortheast NE
Rio BrancoMon 12:04 PM581 km361 miles314 nmSouthwest SW
CobijaMon 12:04 PM736 km457 miles397 nmSouthwest SW
La PazMon 12:04 PM1219 km757 miles658 nmSouth-southwest SSW
SucreMon 12:04 PM1424 km885 miles769 nmSouth S
LimaMon 11:04 AM1556 km967 miles840 nmWest-southwest WSW
GeorgetownMon 12:04 PM1586 km986 miles856 nmNorth-northeast NNE
BogotaMon 11:04 AM1630 km1013 miles880 nmNorthwest NW
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