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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 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 Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 10' South, Longitude: 130° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.24 meters/second, 1653.3 km/hour, 1027.3 miles/hour or 892.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.12 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.12 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.7"1027.23 miwest0° 00' 55.8"1.06 misouth1027.21 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.9"3.88 miwest0° 22' 15.4"25.49 misouth25.79 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 20:28:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 26' South, Longitude: 152° 58' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 447.07 meters/second, 1609.4 km/hour, 1000.1 miles/hour or 869.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.8"16.67 miwest0° 00' 12.6"0.24 misouth16.67 mi
1 hour14° 28' 54.3"999.92 miwest0° 12' 39.6"14.50 misouth999.91 mi
24 hours12° 42' 17.5"877.23 mieast4° 59' 04.1"342.51 misouth938.57 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeSat 10:58 AM997 km620 miles538 nmWest W
AdamstownSat 12:28 PM1872 km1163 miles1011 nmSouth S
PapeeteSat 10:28 AM2314 km1438 miles1249 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Sat 3:28 PM3059 km1901 miles1652 nmSoutheast SE
KiritimatiSun 10:28 AM3180 km1976 miles1717 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaSat 10:28 AM3461 km2151 miles1869 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiSat 9:28 AM4422 km2748 miles2388 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluSat 10:28 AM4425 km2750 miles2389 nmNorthwest NW
Apia *Sun 10:28 AM4550 km2827 miles2457 nmWest-southwest WSW
Mexico City *Sat 3:28 PM4596 km2856 miles2482 nmNortheast NE
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