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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 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 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 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 29' South, Longitude: 14° 20' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.59 meters/second, 1647.3 km/hour, 1023.6 miles/hour or 889.5 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 15' 00.1"17.06 miwest0° 00' 00.9"0.02 misouth17.06 mi
1 hour15° 00' 07.4"1023.53 miwest0° 00' 54.7"1.04 misouth1023.51 mi
24 hours0° 02' 52.8"3.27 miwest0° 21' 47.6"24.96 misouth25.18 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 10:48:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 18° 34' South, Longitude: 40° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 422.06 meters/second, 1519.4 km/hour, 944.1 miles/hour or 820.4 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.6"15.73 miwest0° 00' 06.3"0.12 misouth15.74 mi
1 hour14° 23' 34.8"943.82 miwest0° 06' 22.3"7.31 misouth943.56 mi
24 hours14° 41' 57.5"963.90 mieast1° 53' 59.6"130.68 misouth967.21 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
LuandaWed 11:48 AM140 km87 miles76 nmWest-northwest WNW
MalanjeWed 11:48 AM221 km138 miles120 nmEast E
UígeWed 11:48 AM222 km138 miles120 nmNorth-northeast NNE
HuamboWed 11:48 AM395 km246 miles213 nmSouth-southeast SSE
CabindaWed 11:48 AM494 km307 miles267 nmNorth-northwest NNW
KinshasaWed 11:48 AM581 km361 miles314 nmNorth N
Pointe-NoireWed 11:48 AM586 km364 miles317 nmNorth-northwest NNW
BrazzavilleWed 11:48 AM587 km365 miles317 nmNorth N
LubangoWed 11:48 AM608 km378 miles328 nmSouth S
DolisieWed 11:48 AM612 km380 miles330 nmNorth-northwest NNW
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