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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 Friday, October 12, 2012 at 20:28:00 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 Friday, October 12, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 47' South, Longitude: 130° 25' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.66 meters/second, 1654.8 km/hour, 1028.2 miles/hour or 893.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.14 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.14 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.9"1028.17 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 misouth1028.16 mi
24 hours0° 03' 32.1"4.04 miwest0° 22' 22.2"25.62 misouth25.94 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, October 12, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 1° 36' North, Longitude: 165° 10' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.25 meters/second, 1613.7 km/hour, 1002.7 miles/hour or 871.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.9"16.71 miwest0° 00' 12.3"0.24 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 30' 00.0"1002.58 miwest0° 12' 25.7"14.23 misouth1002.73 mi
24 hours12° 11' 46.3"843.29 mieast5° 02' 25.0"346.31 misouth911.59 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeFri 10:58 AM1009 km627 miles545 nmWest W
AdamstownFri 12:28 PM1913 km1188 miles1033 nmSouth S
PapeeteFri 10:28 AM2340 km1454 miles1263 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Fri 3:28 PM3084 km1917 miles1665 nmSoutheast SE
KiritimatiSat 10:28 AM3173 km1972 miles1713 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaFri 10:28 AM3487 km2166 miles1883 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluFri 10:28 AM4399 km2733 miles2375 nmNorthwest NW
AlofiFri 9:28 AM4443 km2761 miles2399 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico City *Fri 3:28 PM4564 km2836 miles2464 nmNortheast NE
Apia *Sat 10:28 AM4565 km2837 miles2465 nmWest-southwest WSW
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