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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 15:48:00 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 Monday, October 15, 2012 at 15:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 50' South, Longitude: 60° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.44 meters/second, 1650.4 km/hour, 1025.5 miles/hour or 891.1 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' 08.0"1025.43 miwest0° 00' 55.1"1.05 misouth1025.41 mi
24 hours0° 03' 08.6"3.58 miwest0° 22' 02.1"25.24 misouth25.49 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 15, 2012 at 15:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 10' South, Longitude: 59° 35' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 436.48 meters/second, 1571.3 km/hour, 976.4 miles/hour or 848.5 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 26.1"16.27 miwest0° 00' 11.0"0.21 misouth16.27 mi
1 hour14° 26' 08.1"976.15 miwest0° 10' 57.9"12.56 misouth975.89 mi
24 hours13° 51' 27.4"937.08 mieast3° 59' 12.4"274.09 misouth968.85 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoMon 11:48 AM365 km227 miles197 nmWest W
ManausMon 11:48 AM635 km394 miles343 nmNorth N
RiberaltaMon 11:48 AM647 km402 miles349 nmWest-southwest WSW
Rio BrancoMon 11:48 AM805 km500 miles435 nmWest W
San Ignacio de VelascoMon 11:48 AM836 km520 miles451 nmSouth S
CobijaMon 11:48 AM930 km578 miles502 nmWest-southwest WSW
La PazMon 11:48 AM1180 km733 miles637 nmSouthwest SW
SucreMon 11:48 AM1237 km769 miles668 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BelémMon 12:48 PM1569 km975 miles847 nmEast-northeast ENE
BrasiliaMon 12:48 PM1581 km982 miles854 nmEast-southeast ESE
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