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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 14:14:00 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 14:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 34' South, Longitude: 36° 43' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.90 meters/second, 1659.2 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"1030.97 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 misouth1030.95 mi
24 hours0° 03' 57.3"4.53 miwest0° 22' 41.7"25.99 misouth26.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 14:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 19' North, Longitude: 109° 44' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.08 meters/second, 1559.1 km/hour, 968.8 miles/hour or 841.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.9"16.15 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.0"968.56 miwest0° 07' 55.2"9.08 misouth968.91 mi
24 hours11° 34' 21.0"772.14 mieast3° 31' 40.1"242.52 misouth815.03 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Campina GrandeTue 11:14 AM124 km77 miles67 nmSoutheast SE
MossoróTue 11:14 AM167 km104 miles90 nmNorth-northwest NNW
NatalTue 11:14 AM184 km115 miles99 nmEast-northeast ENE
CaruaruTue 11:14 AM207 km128 miles112 nmSouth-southeast SSE
João PessoaTue 11:14 AM211 km131 miles114 nmEast-southeast ESE
RecifeTue 11:14 AM264 km164 miles143 nmSoutheast SE
MaceióTue 11:14 AM360 km224 miles194 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FortalezaTue 11:14 AM373 km232 miles202 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Fernando de NoronhaTue 12:14 PM560 km348 miles302 nmEast-northeast ENE
SalvadorTue 11:14 AM735 km457 miles397 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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