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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 11:48:00 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 11:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 08' South, Longitude: 0° 37' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 458.05 meters/second, 1649.0 km/hour, 1024.6 miles/hour or 890.4 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' 07.6"1024.56 miwest0° 00' 55.0"1.05 misouth1024.54 mi
24 hours0° 03' 01.2"3.44 miwest0° 21' 55.5"25.11 misouth25.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 33' South, Longitude: 11° 56' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.53 meters/second, 1546.3 km/hour, 960.8 miles/hour or 834.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.7"16.01 miwest0° 00' 09.2"0.18 misouth16.01 mi
1 hour14° 24' 47.5"960.55 miwest0° 09' 09.6"10.50 misouth960.25 mi
24 hours14° 20' 30.1"955.79 mieast3° 07' 41.3"215.12 misouth972.13 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
JamestownTue 11:48 AM933 km580 miles504 nmSouthwest SW
São ToméTue 11:48 AM1328 km825 miles717 nmNortheast NE
LuandaTue 12:48 PM1524 km947 miles823 nmEast E
LibrevilleTue 12:48 PM1536 km954 miles829 nmNortheast NE
AccraTue 11:48 AM1624 km1009 miles877 nmNorth N
AbidjanTue 11:48 AM1642 km1020 miles887 nmNorth-northwest NNW
LomeTue 11:48 AM1700 km1057 miles918 nmNorth N
Porto NovoTue 12:48 PM1765 km1097 miles953 nmNorth-northeast NNE
MalaboTue 12:48 PM1767 km1098 miles954 nmNortheast NE
LagosTue 12:48 PM1779 km1106 miles961 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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