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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 20:48:00 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 20:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 16' South, Longitude: 135° 39' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.88 meters/second, 1648.4 km/hour, 1024.2 miles/hour or 890.0 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' 07.5"1024.16 miwest0° 00' 54.8"1.05 misouth1024.14 mi
24 hours0° 02' 58.0"3.38 miwest0° 21' 52.5"25.06 misouth25.28 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 20:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 16° 51' South, Longitude: 117° 45' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.43 meters/second, 1535.2 km/hour, 953.9 miles/hour or 828.9 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.3"15.90 miwest0° 00' 08.2"0.16 misouth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 24' 15.5"953.62 miwest0° 08' 09.0"9.34 misouth953.32 mi
24 hours14° 30' 50.3"960.88 mieast2° 40' 21.9"183.82 misouth971.27 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
TaiohaeTue 11:18 AM425 km264 miles229 nmWest W
PapeeteTue 10:48 AM1762 km1095 miles951 nmWest-southwest WSW
AdamstownTue 12:48 PM1844 km1146 miles996 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiWed 10:48 AM2703 km1679 miles1459 nmWest-northwest WNW
RarotongaTue 10:48 AM2904 km1805 miles1568 nmWest-southwest WSW
Easter Island *Tue 3:48 PM3397 km2111 miles1834 nmSoutheast SE
AlofiTue 9:48 AM3847 km2390 miles2077 nmWest-southwest WSW
FakaofoWed 9:48 AM3908 km2428 miles2110 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 10:48 AM3969 km2466 miles2143 nmWest W
HonoluluTue 10:48 AM4164 km2588 miles2249 nmNorthwest NW
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