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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 20:10:00 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 20:10:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 16' South, Longitude: 125° 40' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.16 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"1031.55 miwest0° 00' 57.0"1.09 misouth1031.53 mi
24 hours0° 04' 02.9"4.64 miwest0° 22' 45.5"26.07 misouth26.47 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 8, 2012 at 20:10:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 28' North, Longitude: 152° 32' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.32 meters/second, 1541.9 km/hour, 958.1 miles/hour or 832.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"15.97 miwest0° 00' 06.2"0.12 misouth15.97 mi
1 hour14° 30' 56.9"957.86 miwest0° 06' 22.8"7.31 misouth958.17 mi
24 hours11° 35' 38.3"765.13 mieast2° 56' 48.0"202.61 misouth797.12 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AdamstownMon 12:10 PM2133 km1325 miles1152 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Easter Island *Mon 3:10 PM2880 km1790 miles1555 nmSoutheast SE
PapeeteMon 10:10 AM2882 km1791 miles1556 nmWest-southwest WSW
KiritimatiTue 10:10 AM3633 km2258 miles1962 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaMon 10:10 AM4029 km2504 miles2176 nmWest-southwest WSW
Galapagos IslandsMon 2:10 PM4049 km2516 miles2186 nmEast E
Mexico City *Mon 3:10 PM4066 km2527 miles2196 nmNortheast NE
HermosilloMon 1:10 PM4216 km2619 miles2276 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuatemalaMon 2:10 PM4514 km2805 miles2437 nmEast-northeast ENE
Los Angeles *Mon 1:10 PM4531 km2815 miles2446 nmNorth N
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