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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 19:10:00 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 19:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 15' South, Longitude: 110° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.17 meters/second, 1660.2 km/hour, 1031.6 miles/hour or 896.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.19 miwest0° 00' 01.0"0.02 misouth17.19 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.2"1031.58 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.56 mi
24 hours0° 04' 03.1"4.64 miwest0° 22' 45.8"26.07 misouth26.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 19:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 34' North, Longitude: 167° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.07 meters/second, 1541.0 km/hour, 957.6 miles/hour or 832.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.96 miwest0° 00' 06.1"0.12 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 30' 56.6"957.30 miwest0° 06' 17.5"7.21 misouth957.61 mi
24 hours11° 35' 45.7"764.82 mieast2° 54' 46.5"200.29 misouth796.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Easter Island *Mon 2:10 PM2309 km1435 miles1247 nmSouth S
Galapagos IslandsMon 1:10 PM2413 km1499 miles1303 nmEast-northeast ENE
AdamstownMon 11:10 AM2937 km1825 miles1586 nmSouthwest SW
Mexico City *Mon 2:10 PM3109 km1932 miles1679 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaMon 1:10 PM3204 km1991 miles1730 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorMon 1:10 PM3240 km2013 miles1750 nmNortheast NE
ManaguaMon 1:10 PM3382 km2102 miles1826 nmNortheast NE
TegucigalpaMon 1:10 PM3429 km2131 miles1851 nmNortheast NE
San JoseMon 1:10 PM3448 km2143 miles1862 nmEast-northeast ENE
BelmopanMon 1:10 PM3544 km2202 miles1913 nmNortheast NE
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