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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 08:00:00 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 08:00:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 28' South, Longitude: 56° 48' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.99 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"1031.17 miwest0° 00' 56.9"1.09 misouth1031.15 mi
24 hours0° 03' 59.2"4.57 miwest0° 22' 43.0"26.02 misouth26.42 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 08:00:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 07' North, Longitude: 19° 14' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.40 meters/second, 1553.0 km/hour, 965.0 miles/hour or 838.6 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' 07.4"0.14 misouth16.08 mi
1 hour14° 31' 01.2"964.77 miwest0° 07' 24.2"8.49 misouth965.11 mi
24 hours11° 34' 33.8"769.38 mieast3° 20' 02.2"229.21 misouth808.54 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaTue 12:00 Noon253 km157 miles136 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisTue 12:00 Noon1518 km943 miles820 nmSouth S
MogadishuTue 11:00 AM1584 km984 miles855 nmNorthwest NW
MoroniTue 11:00 AM1597 km992 miles862 nmWest-southwest WSW
Saint-DenisTue 12:00 Noon1602 km995 miles865 nmSouth S
AntananarivoTue 11:00 AM1706 km1060 miles921 nmSouthwest SW
Diego GarciaTue 2:00 PM1728 km1074 miles933 nmEast E
Dar es SalaamTue 11:00 AM1937 km1204 miles1046 nmWest W
MaleTue 1:00 PM2198 km1366 miles1187 nmEast-northeast ENE
NairobiTue 11:00 AM2292 km1424 miles1237 nmWest-northwest WNW
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