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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 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 Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 08:18:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 58' South, Longitude: 52° 03' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.45 meters/second, 1654.0 km/hour, 1027.8 miles/hour or 893.1 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"1027.71 miwest0° 00' 55.9"1.07 misouth1027.69 mi
24 hours0° 03' 28.1"3.96 miwest0° 22' 18.9"25.56 misouth25.86 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 08:18:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 0° 52' South, Longitude: 23° 18' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 448.13 meters/second, 1613.3 km/hour, 1002.4 miles/hour or 871.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.5"16.71 miwest0° 00' 12.5"0.24 misouth16.71 mi
1 hour14° 29' 30.7"1002.30 miwest0° 12' 38.0"14.47 misouth1002.37 mi
24 hours12° 25' 44.2"859.62 mieast5° 03' 10.4"347.19 misouth925.52 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaSat 12:18 PM528 km328 miles285 nmNortheast NE
AntsirananaSat 11:18 AM564 km351 miles305 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MamoutzouSat 11:18 AM917 km570 miles495 nmSouthwest SW
MutsamuduSat 11:18 AM958 km595 miles517 nmWest-southwest WSW
MoroniSat 11:18 AM1048 km651 miles566 nmWest-southwest WSW
AntananarivoSat 11:18 AM1306 km812 miles705 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MogadishuSat 11:18 AM1335 km829 miles721 nmNorthwest NW
Dar es SalaamSat 11:18 AM1415 km879 miles764 nmWest W
Port LouisSat 12:18 PM1471 km914 miles794 nmSouth-southeast SSE
Saint-DenisSat 12:18 PM1474 km916 miles796 nmSouth-southeast SSE
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