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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 Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 01:54:00 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 Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 01:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 22' South, Longitude: 148° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.08 meters/second, 1659.9 km/hour, 1031.4 miles/hour or 896.3 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' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.19 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.1"1031.37 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 misouth1031.35 mi
24 hours0° 04' 01.1"4.61 miwest0° 22' 44.3"26.04 misouth26.45 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 01:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 50' North, Longitude: 69° 19' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.78 meters/second, 1547.2 km/hour, 961.4 miles/hour or 835.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.02 miwest0° 00' 06.7"0.13 misouth16.02 mi
1 hour14° 30' 59.1"961.15 miwest0° 06' 52.9"7.89 misouth961.48 mi
24 hours11° 35' 01.4"767.04 mieast3° 08' 14.2"215.71 misouth802.50 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LaeTue 11:54 AM153 km95 miles83 nmWest-southwest WSW
Port MoresbyTue 11:54 AM364 km226 miles196 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Mount HagenTue 11:54 AM456 km283 miles246 nmWest W
BukaTue 11:54 AM711 km442 miles384 nmEast E
ArawaTue 11:54 AM802 km498 miles433 nmEast E
JayapuraTue 10:54 AM945 km587 miles510 nmWest-northwest WNW
GizoTue 12:54 PM961 km597 miles519 nmEast-southeast ESE
CairnsTue 11:54 AM1200 km746 miles648 nmSouth-southwest SSW
HoniaraTue 12:54 PM1327 km824 miles716 nmEast-southeast ESE
ManokwariTue 10:54 AM1696 km1054 miles916 nmWest-northwest WNW
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