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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 Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 02:28:00 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 Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 02:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 53' South, Longitude: 139° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.56 meters/second, 1654.4 km/hour, 1028.0 miles/hour or 893.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.13 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.13 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.8"1027.94 miwest0° 00' 56.0"1.07 misouth1027.92 mi
24 hours0° 03' 30.1"4.00 miwest0° 22' 20.6"25.59 misouth25.90 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 02:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 21' North, Longitude: 107° 51' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.30 meters/second, 1613.9 km/hour, 1002.8 miles/hour or 871.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.7"16.71 miwest0° 00' 12.4"0.24 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 29' 45.8"1002.68 miwest0° 12' 33.1"14.38 misouth1002.80 mi
24 hours12° 18' 34.3"851.44 mieast5° 03' 21.5"347.39 misouth918.78 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Mount HagenSat 12:28 PM562 km349 miles304 nmEast-northeast ENE
JayapuraSat 11:28 AM604 km375 miles326 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LaeSat 12:28 PM829 km515 miles448 nmEast E
Port MoresbySat 12:28 PM857 km532 miles463 nmEast-southeast ESE
ManokwariSat 11:28 AM987 km613 miles533 nmNorthwest NW
DarwinSat 11:58 AM1082 km672 miles584 nmWest-southwest WSW
CairnsSat 12:28 PM1207 km750 miles651 nmSouth-southeast SSE
DiliSat 11:28 AM1543 km959 miles833 nmWest W
MelekeokSat 11:28 AM1787 km1110 miles965 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Alice SpringsSat 11:58 AM1853 km1152 miles1001 nmSouth-southwest SSW
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