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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 15:46:00 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 15:46:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 9° 34' South, Longitude: 60° 11' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 457.49 meters/second, 1647.0 km/hour, 1023.4 miles/hour or 889.3 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' 07.3"1023.30 miwest0° 00' 54.6"1.04 misouth1023.28 mi
24 hours0° 02' 50.9"3.24 miwest0° 21' 45.8"24.93 misouth25.14 mi

Position of the Moon

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 15:46:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 19° 04' South, Longitude: 30° 49' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 420.71 meters/second, 1514.6 km/hour, 941.1 miles/hour or 817.8 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 23.4"15.68 miwest0° 00' 05.7"0.11 misouth15.68 mi
1 hour14° 23' 23.9"940.80 miwest0° 05' 41.5"6.53 misouth940.55 mi
24 hours14° 44' 12.5"963.46 mieast1° 36' 42.2"110.87 misouth965.03 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

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

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
Porto VelhoWed 11:46 AM418 km260 miles226 nmWest-northwest WNW
RiberaltaWed 11:46 AM663 km412 miles358 nmWest-southwest WSW
ManausWed 11:46 AM713 km443 miles385 nmNorth N
San Ignacio de VelascoWed 11:46 AM759 km472 miles410 nmSouth S
Rio BrancoWed 11:46 AM839 km521 miles453 nmWest W
CobijaWed 11:46 AM954 km593 miles515 nmWest W
La PazWed 11:46 AM1154 km717 miles623 nmSouthwest SW
SucreWed 11:46 AM1183 km735 miles639 nmSouth-southwest SSW
BrasiliaWed 12:46 PM1503 km934 miles811 nmEast-southeast ESE
BelémWed 12:46 PM1576 km979 miles851 nmNortheast NE
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