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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 21:58:00 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 21:58:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 17' South, Longitude: 153° 09' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.85 meters/second, 1648.3 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"1024.11 miwest0° 00' 54.8"1.05 misouth1024.09 mi
24 hours0° 02' 57.5"3.37 miwest0° 21' 52.0"25.05 misouth25.27 mi

Position of the Moon

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 21:58:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 17° 01' South, Longitude: 134° 34' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.05 meters/second, 1533.8 km/hour, 953.0 miles/hour or 828.2 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 24.1"15.88 miwest0° 00' 08.0"0.15 misouth15.88 mi
1 hour14° 24' 11.6"952.75 miwest0° 08' 00.6"9.18 misouth952.45 mi
24 hours14° 32' 00.6"961.36 mieast2° 36' 40.0"179.58 misouth971.06 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
PapeeteTue 11:58 AM991 km616 miles535 nmSouth-southeast SSE
KiritimatiWed 11:58 AM1318 km819 miles712 nmNorth-northwest NNW
RarotongaTue 11:58 AM1500 km932 miles810 nmSouth-southwest SSW
FakaofoWed 10:58 AM1987 km1235 miles1073 nmWest W
Apia *Wed 11:58 AM2092 km1300 miles1129 nmWest-southwest WSW
AlofiTue 10:58 AM2105 km1308 miles1137 nmWest-southwest WSW
NukualofaWed 10:58 AM2702 km1679 miles1459 nmWest-southwest WSW
Baker IslandTue 9:58 AM2791 km1734 miles1507 nmWest-northwest WNW
AdamstownTue 1:58 PM3001 km1864 miles1620 nmSoutheast SE
FunafutiWed 9:58 AM3040 km1889 miles1642 nmWest W
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