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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 08:38:00 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 08:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 05' South, Longitude: 46° 53' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.12 meters/second, 1649.2 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"1024.70 miwest0° 00' 55.0"1.05 misouth1024.68 mi
24 hours0° 03' 02.4"3.46 miwest0° 21' 56.6"25.13 misouth25.37 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 08:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 03' South, Longitude: 57° 35' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 430.64 meters/second, 1550.3 km/hour, 963.3 miles/hour or 837.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 25.0"16.05 miwest0° 00' 09.5"0.18 misouth16.06 mi
1 hour14° 24' 59.7"963.04 miwest0° 09' 29.3"10.87 misouth962.75 mi
24 hours14° 16' 23.1"953.46 mieast3° 16' 44.5"225.48 misouth972.09 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
MutsamuduTue 11:38 AM435 km271 miles235 nmSouthwest SW
AntsirananaTue 11:38 AM441 km274 miles238 nmSoutheast SE
MamoutzouTue 11:38 AM447 km278 miles241 nmSouth-southwest SSW
MoroniTue 11:38 AM490 km305 miles265 nmSouthwest SW
FomboniTue 11:38 AM493 km306 miles266 nmSouthwest SW
Dar es SalaamTue 11:38 AM874 km543 miles472 nmWest-northwest WNW
Zanzibar CityTue 11:38 AM908 km564 miles490 nmWest-northwest WNW
MombasaTue 11:38 AM972 km604 miles525 nmNorthwest NW
VictoriaTue 12:38 PM1068 km664 miles577 nmEast-northeast ENE
AntananarivoTue 11:38 AM1090 km677 miles588 nmSouth S
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