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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 15:38:00 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 15:38:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 12' South, Longitude: 58° 08' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.98 meters/second, 1648.7 km/hour, 1024.5 miles/hour or 890.2 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.07 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.07 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.6"1024.39 miwest0° 00' 54.9"1.05 misouth1024.37 mi
24 hours0° 02' 59.9"3.41 miwest0° 21' 54.2"25.09 misouth25.32 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 15:38:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 07' South, Longitude: 43° 19' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 428.19 meters/second, 1541.5 km/hour, 957.8 miles/hour or 832.3 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.5"15.96 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth15.96 mi
1 hour14° 24' 33.4"957.56 miwest0° 08' 44.6"10.02 misouth957.26 mi
24 hours14° 25' 10.1"958.24 mieast2° 56' 19.7"202.10 misouth971.94 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoTue 11:38 AM636 km395 miles343 nmWest W
ManausTue 11:38 AM704 km437 miles380 nmNorth-northwest NNW
San Ignacio de VelascoTue 11:38 AM852 km529 miles460 nmSouth-southwest SSW
RiberaltaTue 11:38 AM891 km554 miles481 nmWest-southwest WSW
Rio BrancoTue 11:38 AM1067 km663 miles576 nmWest W
BrasiliaTue 12:38 PM1332 km827 miles719 nmSoutheast SE
SucreTue 11:38 AM1333 km828 miles720 nmSouthwest SW
La PazTue 11:38 AM1353 km841 miles730 nmSouthwest SW
BelémTue 12:38 PM1369 km851 miles739 nmNortheast NE
CayenneTue 12:38 PM1690 km1050 miles912 nmNorth-northeast NNE
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