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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 14:28:00 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 14:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 04' South, Longitude: 40° 28' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.35 meters/second, 1653.6 km/hour, 1027.5 miles/hour or 892.9 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"1027.47 miwest0° 00' 55.9"1.07 misouth1027.45 mi
24 hours0° 03' 26.0"3.92 miwest0° 22' 17.2"25.53 misouth25.82 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 14:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 2° 10' South, Longitude: 66° 04' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.71 meters/second, 1611.8 km/hour, 1001.5 miles/hour or 870.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 29.1"16.69 miwest0° 00' 12.6"0.24 misouth16.69 mi
1 hour14° 29' 13.0"1001.36 miwest0° 12' 40.3"14.51 misouth1001.39 mi
24 hours12° 33' 52.0"868.47 mieast5° 01' 44.4"345.56 misouth932.32 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Juàzeiro do NorteSat 11:28 AM163 km101 miles88 nmNortheast NE
FortalezaSat 11:28 AM521 km324 miles281 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MaceióSat 11:28 AM550 km342 miles297 nmEast-southeast ESE
SalvadorSat 11:28 AM584 km363 miles315 nmSouth-southeast SSE
RecifeSat 11:28 AM615 km382 miles332 nmEast E
NatalSat 11:28 AM630 km391 miles340 nmEast-northeast ENE
Fernando de NoronhaSat 12:28 PM1003 km623 miles542 nmEast-northeast ENE
BelémSat 11:28 AM1151 km715 miles622 nmNorthwest NW
BrasiliaSat 11:28 AM1176 km731 miles635 nmSouthwest SW
Rio de JaneiroSat 11:28 AM1674 km1040 miles904 nmSouth S
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