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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 13:54:00 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 13:54:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 33' South, Longitude: 31° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.91 meters/second, 1659.3 km/hour, 1031.0 miles/hour or 895.9 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.18 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.18 mi
1 hour15° 00' 10.0"1030.98 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.09 misouth1030.96 mi
24 hours0° 03' 57.4"4.53 miwest0° 22' 41.7"25.99 misouth26.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 13:54:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 22' North, Longitude: 104° 54' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 432.99 meters/second, 1558.8 km/hour, 968.6 miles/hour or 841.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.14 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.14 mi
1 hour14° 31' 02.9"968.36 miwest0° 07' 53.6"9.05 misouth968.70 mi
24 hours11° 34' 21.3"771.98 mieast3° 31' 03.5"241.82 misouth814.68 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Fernando de NoronhaTue 11:54 AM304 km189 miles164 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RecifeTue 10:54 AM390 km242 miles210 nmWest-southwest WSW
NatalTue 10:54 AM401 km249 miles217 nmWest-northwest WNW
MaceióTue 10:54 AM561 km349 miles303 nmSouthwest SW
FortalezaTue 10:54 AM822 km511 miles444 nmWest-northwest WNW
SalvadorTue 10:54 AM1027 km638 miles554 nmSouthwest SW
BelémTue 10:54 AM1945 km1209 miles1050 nmWest-northwest WNW
BrasiliaTue 10:54 AM2038 km1267 miles1101 nmWest-southwest WSW
Rio de JaneiroTue 10:54 AM2193 km1363 miles1184 nmSouth-southwest SSW
São PauloTue 10:54 AM2468 km1534 miles1333 nmSouthwest SW
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