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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 15:04:00 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 15:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 34' South, Longitude: 49° 13' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.89 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"1030.94 miwest0° 00' 56.8"1.08 misouth1030.92 mi
24 hours0° 03' 57.1"4.53 miwest0° 22' 41.5"25.99 misouth26.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 15:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 12' North, Longitude: 121° 50' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.31 meters/second, 1559.9 km/hour, 969.3 miles/hour or 842.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.15 miwest0° 00' 07.9"0.15 misouth16.15 mi
1 hour14° 31' 03.1"969.07 miwest0° 07' 59.3"9.16 misouth969.42 mi
24 hours11° 34' 20.8"772.53 mieast3° 33' 11.4"244.26 misouth815.93 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
AraguaínaTue 12:04 PM131 km81 miles71 nmEast-southeast ESE
São Félix do XinguTue 12:04 PM306 km190 miles165 nmWest W
BelémTue 12:04 PM572 km356 miles309 nmNorth N
BrasiliaTue 12:04 PM1030 km640 miles556 nmSouth S
FortalezaTue 12:04 PM1219 km758 miles658 nmEast-northeast ENE
ManausTue 11:04 AM1258 km782 miles679 nmWest-northwest WNW
CayenneTue 12:04 PM1319 km819 miles712 nmNorth-northwest NNW
SalvadorTue 12:04 PM1373 km853 miles741 nmEast-southeast ESE
ParamariboTue 12:04 PM1521 km945 miles822 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RecifeTue 12:04 PM1591 km989 miles859 nmEast E
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