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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 07:48:00 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 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 07:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 04' South, Longitude: 59° 23' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.13 meters/second, 1649.3 km/hour, 1024.8 miles/hour or 890.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.08 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.08 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.8"1024.74 miwest0° 00' 55.0"1.05 misouth1024.72 mi
24 hours0° 03' 02.7"3.47 miwest0° 21' 56.9"25.14 misouth25.38 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 07:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 14° 55' South, Longitude: 69° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.93 meters/second, 1551.4 km/hour, 964.0 miles/hour or 837.7 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"16.07 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.07 mi
1 hour14° 25' 03.0"963.70 miwest0° 09' 34.2"10.97 misouth963.41 mi
24 hours14° 15' 15.8"952.80 mieast3° 19' 04.1"228.15 misouth972.05 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
VictoriaTue 11:48 AM657 km408 miles355 nmNorthwest NW
Port LouisTue 11:48 AM1244 km773 miles672 nmSouth S
Saint-DenisTue 11:48 AM1373 km853 miles741 nmSouth-southwest SSW
Diego GarciaTue 1:48 PM1449 km900 miles782 nmEast E
AntananarivoTue 10:48 AM1681 km1044 miles908 nmSouthwest SW
MoroniTue 10:48 AM1789 km1112 miles966 nmWest W
MogadishuTue 10:48 AM1985 km1233 miles1072 nmNorthwest NW
MaleTue 12:48 PM2146 km1333 miles1159 nmNortheast NE
Dar es SalaamTue 10:48 AM2229 km1385 miles1204 nmWest W
DodomaTue 10:48 AM2628 km1633 miles1419 nmWest W
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