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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 22:48:00 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 22:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 12' South, Longitude: 165° 29' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 459.20 meters/second, 1653.1 km/hour, 1027.2 miles/hour or 892.6 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' 08.6"1027.14 miwest0° 00' 55.8"1.06 misouth1027.12 mi
24 hours0° 03' 23.1"3.87 miwest0° 22' 14.7"25.48 misouth25.77 mi

Position of the Moon

On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 22:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 3° 56' South, Longitude: 173° 15' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 446.76 meters/second, 1608.3 km/hour, 999.4 miles/hour or 868.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 28.8"16.65 miwest0° 00' 12.5"0.24 misouth16.66 mi
1 hour14° 28' 46.8"999.22 miwest0° 12' 38.6"14.48 misouth999.20 mi
24 hours347° 14' 18.2"880.66 miwest4° 57' 40.9"340.93 misouth940.89 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FakaofoSun 11:48 AM645 km401 miles349 nmWest-southwest WSW
RawakiSun 11:48 AM761 km473 miles411 nmNorthwest NW
Pago PagoSat 11:48 AM880 km547 miles475 nmSouthwest SW
Apia *Sun 12:48 PM927 km576 miles501 nmSouthwest SW
Salelologa (Savai'i) *Sun 12:48 PM958 km595 miles517 nmSouthwest SW
AlofiSat 11:48 AM1293 km803 miles698 nmSouth-southwest SSW
KiritimatiSun 12:48 PM1434 km891 miles774 nmNortheast NE
Baker IslandSat 10:48 AM1532 km952 miles827 nmNorthwest NW
RarotongaSat 12:48 PM1567 km974 miles846 nmSouth-southeast SSE
FunafutiSun 10:48 AM1685 km1047 miles910 nmWest W
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