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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 08:14:00 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 08:14:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 6° 51' South, Longitude: 53° 14' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.63 meters/second, 1658.3 km/hour, 1030.4 miles/hour or 895.4 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.17 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.17 mi
1 hour15° 00' 09.7"1030.36 miwest0° 00' 56.7"1.08 misouth1030.35 mi
24 hours0° 03' 51.8"4.42 miwest0° 22' 37.6"25.91 misouth26.29 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 08:14:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 44' North, Longitude: 11° 03' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.97 meters/second, 1576.7 km/hour, 979.7 miles/hour or 851.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 31.1"16.33 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 misouth16.33 mi
1 hour14° 31' 04.3"979.53 miwest0° 09' 18.9"10.67 misouth979.88 mi
24 hours11° 35' 40.1"782.32 mieast4° 02' 30.1"277.80 misouth835.41 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaWed 12:14 PM347 km216 miles188 nmNortheast NE
MoroniWed 11:14 AM1220 km758 miles659 nmWest-southwest WSW
MogadishuWed 11:14 AM1317 km819 miles711 nmNorthwest NW
AntananarivoWed 11:14 AM1472 km915 miles795 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Dar es SalaamWed 11:14 AM1542 km958 miles833 nmWest W
Port LouisWed 12:14 PM1544 km959 miles834 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Saint-DenisWed 12:14 PM1571 km976 miles848 nmSouth S
NairobiWed 11:14 AM1923 km1195 miles1039 nmWest-northwest WNW
DodomaWed 11:14 AM1936 km1203 miles1046 nmWest W
Diego GarciaWed 2:14 PM2119 km1317 miles1144 nmEast E
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