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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 Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 16:48:00 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 Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 16:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 28' South, Longitude: 75° 32' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.87 meters/second, 1651.9 km/hour, 1026.5 miles/hour or 892.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.11 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.11 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.3"1026.40 miwest0° 00' 55.5"1.06 misouth1026.38 mi
24 hours0° 03' 16.8"3.74 miwest0° 22' 09.3"25.38 misouth25.65 mi

Position of the Moon

On Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 16:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 7° 40' South, Longitude: 87° 15' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 443.27 meters/second, 1595.8 km/hour, 991.6 miles/hour or 861.6 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 27.7"16.52 miwest0° 00' 12.2"0.23 misouth16.53 mi
1 hour14° 27' 41.7"991.37 miwest0° 12' 14.0"14.01 misouth991.23 mi
24 hours13° 13' 48.1"906.95 mieast4° 40' 04.1"320.81 misouth956.38 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PucallpaSun 11:48 AM109 km68 miles59 nmEast E
LimaSun 11:48 AM429 km267 miles232 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Machu Picchu PuebloSun 11:48 AM613 km381 miles331 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LojaSun 11:48 AM641 km398 miles346 nmNorthwest NW
CobijaSun 12:48 PM794 km493 miles429 nmEast-southeast ESE
GuayaquilSun 11:48 AM845 km525 miles456 nmNorthwest NW
Rio BrancoSun 12:48 PM864 km537 miles466 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoSun 11:48 AM969 km602 miles523 nmNorth-northwest NNW
PortoviejoSun 11:48 AM986 km612 miles532 nmNorth-northwest NNW
La PazSun 12:48 PM1198 km744 miles647 nmSoutheast SE
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