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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 Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 08:18:00 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 Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 08:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 13' South, Longitude: 52° 10' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 460.26 meters/second, 1656.9 km/hour, 1029.6 miles/hour or 894.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.16 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.16 mi
1 hour15° 00' 09.4"1029.52 miwest0° 00' 56.3"1.08 misouth1029.50 mi
24 hours0° 03' 44.1"4.27 miwest0° 22' 31.7"25.80 misouth26.15 mi

Position of the Moon

On Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 08:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 41' North, Longitude: 0° 26' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.76 meters/second, 1597.5 km/hour, 992.7 miles/hour or 862.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 30.8"16.54 miwest0° 00' 10.8"0.21 misouth16.54 mi
1 hour14° 30' 54.0"992.51 miwest0° 10' 54.0"12.48 misouth992.83 mi
24 hours11° 43' 25.2"801.67 mieast4° 35' 49.6"315.90 misouth865.41 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaThu 12:18 PM463 km288 miles250 nmNortheast NE
AntsirananaThu 11:18 AM642 km399 miles347 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MamoutzouThu 11:18 AM978 km608 miles528 nmSouthwest SW
MutsamuduThu 11:18 AM1013 km629 miles547 nmWest-southwest WSW
MoroniThu 11:18 AM1096 km681 miles592 nmWest-southwest WSW
MogadishuThu 11:18 AM1275 km792 miles688 nmNorthwest NW
AntananarivoThu 11:18 AM1388 km863 miles750 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Dar es SalaamThu 11:18 AM1424 km885 miles769 nmWest W
Port LouisThu 12:18 PM1543 km959 miles833 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Saint-DenisThu 12:18 PM1552 km964 miles838 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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