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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 Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:38:00 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 Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 46' South, Longitude: 1° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.52 meters/second, 1650.7 km/hour, 1025.7 miles/hour or 891.3 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.09 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.09 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.1"1025.61 miwest0° 00' 55.3"1.06 misouth1025.59 mi
24 hours0° 03' 10.2"3.61 miwest0° 22' 03.5"25.26 misouth25.52 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 11° 23' South, Longitude: 0° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 437.85 meters/second, 1576.3 km/hour, 979.5 miles/hour or 851.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.4"16.32 miwest0° 00' 11.2"0.22 misouth16.32 mi
1 hour14° 26' 25.3"979.23 miwest0° 11' 15.6"12.90 misouth978.99 mi
24 hours13° 44' 45.3"932.14 mieast4° 08' 07.8"284.30 misouth967.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
São ToméMon 11:38 AM1139 km708 miles615 nmNorth-northeast NNE
JamestownMon 11:38 AM1148 km713 miles620 nmSouthwest SW
LuandaMon 12:38 PM1244 km773 miles671 nmEast E
LibrevilleMon 12:38 PM1312 km815 miles709 nmNortheast NE
BrazzavilleMon 12:38 PM1558 km968 miles841 nmEast-northeast ENE
KinshasaMon 12:38 PM1559 km969 miles842 nmEast-northeast ENE
MalaboMon 12:38 PM1580 km982 miles853 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AccraMon 11:38 AM1600 km994 miles864 nmNorth N
LomeMon 11:38 AM1649 km1025 miles890 nmNorth N
Porto NovoMon 12:38 PM1689 km1049 miles912 nmNorth N
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