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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 18:02:00 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 18:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 52' South, Longitude: 94° 05' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.40 meters/second, 1650.2 km/hour, 1025.4 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"1025.34 miwest0° 00' 55.1"1.05 misouth1025.32 mi
24 hours0° 03' 07.8"3.57 miwest0° 22' 01.4"25.23 misouth25.48 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 15, 2012 at 18:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 12° 34' South, Longitude: 91° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 435.73 meters/second, 1568.6 km/hour, 974.7 miles/hour or 847.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.9"16.24 miwest0° 00' 10.7"0.21 misouth16.24 mi
1 hour14° 25' 58.7"974.46 miwest0° 10' 47.7"12.37 misouth974.20 mi
24 hours13° 54' 59.1"939.59 mieast3° 54' 09.2"268.31 misouth969.58 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Galapagos IslandsMon 12:02 PM1011 km628 miles546 nmNorth-northeast NNE
GuayaquilMon 1:02 PM1734 km1078 miles936 nmEast-northeast ENE
LimaMon 1:02 PM1899 km1180 miles1026 nmEast-southeast ESE
QuitoMon 1:02 PM1974 km1227 miles1066 nmEast-northeast ENE
San JoseMon 12:02 PM2356 km1464 miles1272 nmNorth-northeast NNE
ManaguaMon 12:02 PM2480 km1541 miles1339 nmNorth-northeast NNE
PanamaMon 1:02 PM2551 km1585 miles1377 nmNortheast NE
San SalvadorMon 12:02 PM2553 km1586 miles1378 nmNorth-northeast NNE
Easter Island *Mon 1:02 PM2578 km1602 miles1392 nmSouthwest SW
GuatemalaMon 12:02 PM2626 km1632 miles1418 nmNorth N
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