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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 20:48:00 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 20:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 54' South, Longitude: 135° 36' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.35 meters/second, 1650.0 km/hour, 1025.3 miles/hour or 891.0 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.09 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.09 mi
1 hour15° 00' 08.0"1025.22 miwest0° 00' 55.1"1.05 misouth1025.20 mi
24 hours0° 03' 06.7"3.55 miwest0° 22' 00.5"25.21 misouth25.46 mi

Position of the Moon

On Monday, October 15, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 04' South, Longitude: 131° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 434.78 meters/second, 1565.2 km/hour, 972.6 miles/hour or 845.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.7"16.21 miwest0° 00' 10.5"0.20 misouth16.21 mi
1 hour14° 25' 47.2"972.34 miwest0° 10' 34.4"12.11 misouth972.07 mi
24 hours13° 59' 17.1"942.58 mieast3° 47' 38.4"260.85 misouth970.35 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeMon 11:18 AM430 km267 miles232 nmWest W
PapeeteMon 10:48 AM1789 km1112 miles966 nmSouthwest SW
AdamstownMon 12:48 PM1881 km1169 miles1016 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiTue 10:48 AM2690 km1672 miles1453 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaMon 10:48 AM2930 km1820 miles1582 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Mon 3:48 PM3418 km2124 miles1846 nmSoutheast SE
AlofiMon 9:48 AM3866 km2402 miles2087 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoTue 9:48 AM3916 km2433 miles2115 nmWest W
Apia *Tue 10:48 AM3982 km2474 miles2150 nmWest-southwest WSW
HonoluluMon 10:48 AM4135 km2569 miles2233 nmNorthwest NW
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