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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 12:02:00 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 12:02:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 08' South, Longitude: 4° 08' 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"1024.55 miwest0° 00' 55.0"1.05 misouth1024.53 mi
24 hours0° 03' 01.2"3.44 miwest0° 21' 55.4"25.11 misouth25.35 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 12:02:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 15° 35' South, Longitude: 8° 34' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 429.45 meters/second, 1546.0 km/hour, 960.6 miles/hour or 834.8 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' 46.8"960.37 miwest0° 09' 08.1"10.47 misouth960.07 mi
24 hours14° 20' 47.8"955.95 mieast3° 07' 00.5"214.34 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 12:02 PM770 km479 miles416 nmSouth-southwest SSW
São ToméTue 12:02 PM1596 km992 miles862 nmNortheast NE
AbidjanTue 12:02 PM1599 km993 miles863 nmNorth N
AccraTue 12:02 PM1681 km1044 miles908 nmNorth-northeast NNE
YamoussoukroTue 12:02 PM1769 km1099 miles955 nmNorth N
LomeTue 12:02 PM1789 km1112 miles966 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LibrevilleTue 1:02 PM1838 km1142 miles992 nmNortheast NE
MonroviaTue 12:02 PM1863 km1158 miles1006 nmNorth-northwest NNW
Porto NovoTue 1:02 PM1883 km1170 miles1017 nmNorth-northeast NNE
LuandaTue 1:02 PM1909 km1186 miles1031 nmEast E
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