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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 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:04:00 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 45' South, Longitude: 145° 45' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.73 meters/second, 1658.6 km/hour, 1030.6 miles/hour or 895.6 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' 09.9"1030.57 miwest0° 00' 56.7"1.08 misouth1030.56 mi
24 hours0° 03' 53.7"4.46 miwest0° 22' 39.0"25.94 misouth26.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 02:04:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 40' North, Longitude: 78° 28' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.31 meters/second, 1570.7 km/hour, 976.0 miles/hour or 848.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.27 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth16.27 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.5"975.81 miwest0° 08' 51.4"10.15 misouth976.17 mi
24 hours11° 34' 50.9"778.44 mieast3° 52' 26.2"266.28 misouth828.18 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LaeWed 12:04 PM136 km85 miles74 nmEast E
Mount HagenWed 12:04 PM195 km121 miles105 nmWest-northwest WNW
Port MoresbyWed 12:04 PM338 km210 miles183 nmSouth-southeast SSE
JayapuraWed 11:04 AM728 km452 miles393 nmNorthwest NW
BukaWed 12:04 PM998 km620 miles539 nmEast E
CairnsWed 12:04 PM1126 km699 miles608 nmSouth S
ManokwariWed 11:04 AM1452 km902 miles784 nmWest-northwest WNW
HoniaraWed 1:04 PM1593 km990 miles860 nmEast-southeast ESE
DarwinWed 11:34 AM1754 km1090 miles947 nmWest-southwest WSW
MelekeokWed 11:04 AM2002 km1244 miles1081 nmNorthwest NW
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