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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 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 00:02:00 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 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 00:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 8° 57' South, Longitude: 175° 54' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.28 meters/second, 1649.8 km/hour, 1025.1 miles/hour or 890.8 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' 07.9"1025.08 miwest0° 00' 55.0"1.05 misouth1025.06 mi
24 hours0° 03' 05.6"3.52 miwest0° 21' 59.4"25.19 misouth25.43 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 00:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 13° 37' South, Longitude: 178° 24' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 433.66 meters/second, 1561.2 km/hour, 970.1 miles/hour or 843.0 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.5"16.17 miwest0° 00' 10.2"0.20 misouth16.17 mi
1 hour14° 25' 34.1"969.82 miwest0° 10' 17.9"11.80 misouth969.54 mi
24 hours14° 04' 11.1"945.87 mieast3° 39' 40.6"251.74 misouth971.08 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
FunafutiTue 12:02 PM368 km229 miles199 nmEast E
LabasaTue 12:02 PM909 km565 miles491 nmSouth-southeast SSE
LautokaTue 12:02 PM972 km604 miles525 nmSouth S
NadiTue 12:02 PM993 km617 miles536 nmSouth S
SuvaTue 12:02 PM1052 km654 miles568 nmSouth-southeast SSE
TarawaTue 12:02 PM1191 km740 miles643 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Port VilaTue 11:02 AM1272 km790 miles687 nmSouthwest SW
Baker IslandMon 12:02 PM1318 km819 miles712 nmNortheast NE
YarenTue 12:02 PM1363 km847 miles736 nmNorthwest NW
FakaofoTue 1:02 PM1415 km879 miles764 nmEast E
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