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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 07:14:00 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 Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 07:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 27' South, Longitude: 68° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 461.00 meters/second, 1659.6 km/hour, 1031.2 miles/hour or 896.1 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"1031.19 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 misouth1031.18 mi
24 hours0° 03' 59.5"4.57 miwest0° 22' 43.2"26.02 misouth26.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 07:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 12' North, Longitude: 8° 07' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.19 meters/second, 1552.3 km/hour, 964.5 miles/hour or 838.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.08 miwest0° 00' 07.2"0.14 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 31' 00.9"964.31 miwest0° 07' 20.4"8.41 misouth964.65 mi
24 hours11° 34' 36.5"769.07 mieast3° 18' 34.4"227.54 misouth807.76 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Diego GarciaTue 1:14 PM465 km289 miles251 nmEast-southeast ESE
Addu CityTue 12:14 PM833 km518 miles450 nmNortheast NE
MaleTue 12:14 PM1309 km814 miles707 nmNorth-northeast NNE
VictoriaTue 11:14 AM1438 km894 miles777 nmWest W
ThiruvananthapuramTue 12:44 PM1912 km1188 miles1032 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Port LouisTue 11:14 AM1915 km1190 miles1034 nmSouthwest SW
ColomboTue 12:44 PM1958 km1217 miles1057 nmNortheast NE
Sri Jayawardenapura KotteTue 12:44 PM1959 km1217 miles1058 nmNortheast NE
MaduraiTue 12:44 PM2112 km1312 miles1140 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Saint-DenisTue 11:14 AM2114 km1314 miles1142 nmSouthwest SW
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