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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 08:04:00 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 08:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 28' South, Longitude: 55° 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 misouth26.41 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 08:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 06' North, Longitude: 20° 13' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 431.42 meters/second, 1553.1 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"964.81 miwest0° 07' 24.5"8.49 misouth965.15 mi
24 hours11° 34' 33.6"769.41 mieast3° 20' 09.8"229.36 misouth808.61 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaTue 12:04 PM207 km129 miles112 nmNorth N
MoroniTue 11:04 AM1495 km929 miles807 nmWest-southwest WSW
MogadishuTue 11:04 AM1496 km929 miles808 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisTue 12:04 PM1527 km949 miles825 nmSouth S
Saint-DenisTue 12:04 PM1595 km991 miles861 nmSouth S
AntananarivoTue 11:04 AM1645 km1022 miles888 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Dar es SalaamTue 11:04 AM1827 km1135 miles986 nmWest W
Diego GarciaTue 2:04 PM1839 km1142 miles993 nmEast E
NairobiTue 11:04 AM2184 km1357 miles1179 nmWest-northwest WNW
DodomaTue 11:04 AM2220 km1379 miles1199 nmWest W
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